Fans and critics are loving
The show’s opening moments recap the classic legend of Superman as we know it. We see the traditional beats; in other words, we see Kal-El landing in Kansas, Lois and Clark meeting for the first time, and Superman’s Metropolis debut. Almost right away, the references start flying. (No pun intended.)
To begin with, we see Superman wearing his costume from his 1940s Fleisher cartoons. A first for any live-action Superman. Clark lifting the car is a direct reference to the cover of
Next, Lois Lane mentions
Following that, we see teenager Jordan Kent actually playing the game
The Flash (@CW_TheFlash) February 24, 2021
Viewers can see the names of Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, on a blackboard behind Clark as he talks on the phone. It should be noted that Richard Donner, director of
During a phone call with Clark, we hear his mother Martha Kent mention someone named “Doc Frye.”
Subsequently, a reference to the long-running
At this time, Clark reveals his true Kryptonian identity to his sons by lifting a truck high in the air. Undoubtedly, this is a reference to how baby Kal-El reveals his unusual nature to his adoptive parents in
The nuclear plant that Superman saves is the same one where DC superhero Firestorm got his powers in the comics. Firestorm didn’t receive his powers like this in the Arrowverse; his TV origin is seen way back on the first season of
Towards the end of the episode, we get another comics nod. This comes in a scene taking place in an outdoors locale called Shuster Mines. This is named for Superman’s co-creator, and it’s a place where kids hang out in the town of Smallville.
And those are the just the Easter eggs they released! We’re sure there are more.