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15 Subtle Details You May Have Missed From 'Man Of Steel'

Updated September 28, 2020 1.8k votes 295 voters 28.2k views15 items

List RulesVote up the details you missed when you first watched 'Man of Steel.'

The first official foray into what is now known as the DCEU, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel took a page from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and gave Superman a darker, grittier edge that had not been seen on-screen previously. While not for everyone, Snyder's biggest draw as a filmmaker is his attention to detail and his tendency to lean into dramatic visuals, more so than levity. As a result, we're left with a unique take on Clark Kent and an underrated film that's filled to the brim with Easter eggs and subtle details that make the world that much richer. From reusing sound effects from The Adventures of Superman television series to sneaking in Krypton's destroyed moon, Snyder absolutely did his homework and the final product shows it.

Did you manage to catch any of these on your first viewing? Vote up the details you missed when watching Man of Steel!

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    Henry Cavill was asked to shave his chest for the collapsing oil rig scene, However, he refused saying that Superman had chest hair, citing the famous 'Death of Superman' graphic novel as a reference.

    From Redditor /u/Dezzerray

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  • 2

    When Clark is talking with the priest deciding whether to sacrifice himself to save humanity, he sits in front of a picture of Gethsemane, where Jesus made the same decision.

    From Redditor /u/forthewantofanail

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  • 3

    The film features a cameo by Aaron Smolinski. He played toddler Clark Kent in 'Superman' (1978). He was only 2 years old and it was his first acting role.

    From Redditor /u/Tokyono

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  • 4

    Jor-El tells Clark that on Krypton, "Every child was designed to perform a predetermined role in our society as a worker, a warrior, a leader." Later, a teenage Clark is seen reading Plato's 'Republic', in which the philosopher argues for a society divided into those three groups.

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