'Man of Steel' trailer: Five mysteries from the new footage explained

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Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 10.19.31 AMWhile Michael Shannon’s General Zod is the big bad menace in Man of Steel, the trailer reveals a subtle reference to another Superman nemesis, who would likely turn up in any future film.

Lex Luthor.

While we don’t see his bald dome turn up in this footage, we do see a ship or meteorite breaking up over the Metropolis skyline and atop one skyscraper is an unmistakable red, white, and blue logo: LEXCORP.

Luthor is a legitimate businessman, after all. Just one who has a taste for world domination. (Although, who doesn’t?)

The burning question surrounding this Superman reboot is whether Man of Steel will lay the groundwork for a new generation of DC Comics film adaptations. Only the finished film will reveal if other heroes are linked into this world the way Marvel Studios ties together its superhero franchises, but clearly this is a nod toward future Superman sequels.

As Snyder tells EW: “I really enjoy the character and I really loved shooting this movie about him. And whatever happens as we go ahead, I’m not exhausted by Superman. I’m knocking on wood. I’m not going to try to say, ‘Yeah, we’re going to make another movie!’ because I don’t want to jinx anything.”

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