With 'Man of Steel' arriving in cinemas, the eagle-eyed have been spotting all sorts of clues as to how the DC universe is going to expand in future films. A sequel has already been green lit for Henry Cavill's take on Superman and there are hints in 'Man of Steel' as to which other famous characters from the DC comics also exist in the world of the film.
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A 'Justice League' movie may not be a priority until after a 'Man of Steel' sequel hits screens but there are hints suggesting writer David Goyer is looking to the future and laying the foundations for a superhero ensemble that will rival 'The Avengers'.
Spotted on a building in the trailer, a logo for Lex Luthor's company LexCorp has fans raging with excitement that any 'Man of Steel' sequel is most likely to see the return of Superman's arch enemy last seen on screen played by Kevin Spacey in 'Superman Returns'. Luthor is the founder of the multinational corporation that was originally organised as an aerospace engineering firm. The logo on the building confirms the existence of Lex Luthor, hardly a surprise as he has been a fixture in the comics since his first appearance in 1940 and was immortalised on film by Gene Hackman in the original films. Whether Luthor cameos in 'Man of Steel' has been a cause for much speculation. However 'Man of Steel' hints that Luthor is not the only wealthy industrialist in the world of the film.
Zack Snyder has confirmed that Wayne Enterprises also appears in the film when the villain General Zod destroys a satellite owned by Bruce Wayne's corporation. The presence of Wayne Enterprises in 'Man of Steel' insinuates that Metropolis and Gotham City both exist in the new world being created by Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan. It virtually guarantees that a team up is inevitable in the future with Batman and Superman being the two biggest and most famous faces of the Justice League superhero team. If that was not enough, there may be one more surprise for DC fans in 'Man of Steel'.
"We mentioned S.T.A.R. Labs at one point, that's kind of a connection to Cyborg," David Goyer told MTV. Cyborg may have been best known for being part of the Teen Titans but since 2011, he has become established in new DC comics as a founding member of the Justice League. Using technology as an extension of himself, Cyborg is the sort of character that would fit in the more realistic and believable world of recent Batman and Superman films and fans will be preying that Cyborg appears soon to bring together the likes of Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman with everyone's favourite DC characters; the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight.
What do you think? Is all this clear evidence of a 'Justice League' movie in the pipeline or just fan-baiting teasing?