Emma Trujillo ‘20 / Emertainment Monthly Comic book Staff Writer
Warning: this article contains spoilers for the week of October 10’s episodes of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, as well as for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Here’s a look at this week’s easter eggs in the CW superhero line-up:
Supergirl 2×01 “The Adventure’s of Supergirl”
The title “The Adventure’s of Supergirl” pays homage to the title of a 1950’s Superman TV and radio show, The Adventures of Superman.
This is a sublist of everything that references one of Christopher Reeve’s Superman Series
The tan jacket Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) wears in this episode is very similar to the one Reeve’s Clark Kent wears in Superman II.
The running-down-an-alley-shirt-ripping-open intro sequence also takes its cues from Superman II.
Kara (Melissa Benoist) saving the helicopter pays homage to a similar scene in Superman: the Movie, where Clark is also tasked with saving a copter.
Winn (Jeremy Jordan) says “Lex Luthor set off the Earthquake in California…” referencing the plot of Superman: the Movie.
Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) remarks how flying is “statistically speaking, the safest way to travel.” This is almost directly lifted from Superman: the Movie, as it is what Clark says to Lois after saving her in the aforementioned copter-rescuing scene. The saying is repeated again in Superman Returns, after he saves not a helicopter, but a plane.
Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks) is Cat Grant’s new assistant, but in Superman: the Movie and Superman II, the name belonged to Lex Luthor’s assistant played by Valerie Perrine.
Cadmus Labs has made another appearance. They were working on constructing Metallo, a Superman villain with Kryptonite in his chest. Metallo first appeared in Action Comics #252 (1959) and was created by Robert Bernstein and Al Plastino. Cadmus labs is most well-known for formulating Kon-el (aka Superboy) with Superman and Lex Luthor’s DNA.
Quite a few characters name drop Lex Luthor, but he currently sits in prison. This could reference any of the hundreds of times Luthor is incarcerated, but most likely pokes towards Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. At that film’s ending, Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) finds himself, once again, laughing behind bars.
“This looks like a job for the both of us,” is said in the episode and is a spin on the catchphrase most associated with Bud Collyer’s interpretation, “this looks like a job for Superman.”
The needle breaking against the mystery man’s skin is a scene heir to that in Action Comics #1’s initial reveal of Superman’s invulnerability: a doctor, unknowing of Clark’s impervious skin, repeatedly attempts to draw blood and subsequently comes away with numerous broken needles.
The Flash 3×02 “Paradox”
If the Titles of the first two episodes are combined, they form “Flashpoint Paradox,” the original comic book story the episodes are based on.
Cisco steps out into the battle as Vibe. His development into the costumed persona has been a long time coming, and he now finally makes his debut. Cisco also comments on making some costume and tech upgrades, a minute hint that his suit appearance is inching closer to that in the comics.
Doctor Alchemy and the Philosopher’s Stone make an appearance in this episode. Alchemy uses the stone as a weapon against Barry. It is the main source Doctor Alchemy’s powers of transmutation, something he can use to give powers to other humans.
Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) attains her Killer Frost powers in the new timeline much like the Earth-Two version of her character.
Barry changed the timeline and, as a result, Diggle (David Ramsey) now has a son named John Diggle Jr. rather than a daughter. His son grows up to call himself Connor Hawke and take the mantle of the Green Arrow. This happens in Legends of Tomorrow 1×6 “Star City 2046.” It also brings the current timeline closer to the possible one seen in that episode.
Arrow 5×02 “The Recruits”
Ragman makes his first appearance and joins Team Arrow in this episode. The character first appeared in a 1976 self-titled series. In the comics, each rag of his costume holds the soul of an evil doer and that, in turn, grants him his abilities. He also primarily uses magic in the comics, as opposed to the show where his power seems to come from radiation.
AmerTek debuts as a new company in the show, however in the comics, the weapons manufacturer is well-known for its creation of Steel, a superhero who replaces Superman after his death in the 90’s comic.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 2×01 “Out of Time”
The title “Out of Time” has been given to countless stories, but it is most recently used to name a Flash arc that features the Reverse Flash. It’s most likely more than a coincidence that the villain makes his Legends debut in an episode with this title. The phrase is also used to title an episode of The Flash, where Wells (Tom Cavanagh) reveals himself as the Reverse Flash and scrambles Cisco’s insides.
Justice Society of America has finally assembled on screen. The JSA is a team of superheroes that predates the Justice League. It primarily features heroes from the 50s, such as Jay Garrick, Spectre, Doctor Fate, and Sandman.
In the comics, Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) is the grandson of Steel. In a freak situation, Nate’s skin mutates into living steel, bearing him the name, Citizen Steel. Steel is a member of Legends’ version of the Justice Society of America, so it’s pretty likely that Nate will end up with powers sometime in the show’s future.