Can you believe there’s a striking similarity between the beloved X-Men ’97 show and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel? It seems that fans who pay close attention to superhero movies have spotted something interesting in the new animated series from Marvel.

Storm in a still from X-Men '97
Storm in a still from X-Men ’97

They noticed that a scene where Storm gets her powers back looks a lot like Superman’s first flight scene in the 2013 Superman movie. Now, the question is: Is the scene in X-Men ’97 a literal nod to Snyder’s Man of Steel?

Is the Scene in X-Men ’97 Really a Nod to Henry Cavill’s Superman?

A still from Man of Steel
A still from Man of Steel

In Man of Steel, there’s a part where Henry Cavill‘s Clark Kent figures out he can fly. At first, he’s unsure as he tries to navigate through the air. However, he soon gets the hang of it and flies up into space. As a result, his iconic red cape billows behind him.

Similarly, in X-Men ’97, Storm gets her powers back after battling her fears and doubts. By accepting herself as a powerful mutant, she becomes even stronger than before. In both scenes, the characters fly in a similar way, which is pretty cool for fans to notice!

The information about X-Men ’97 hasn’t been revealed outright as being inspired by Man of Steel. However, in response to a fan, creator Beau DeMayo dropped a hint on social media. His message made it clear that the similarity was no accident and that the scene pays tribute to Superman’s famous flight scene.

Zack Snyder‘s superhero movies, especially those based on DC Comics, are famous for their unique visual style and how closely they stick to certain parts of the comics.

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The ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League, released in 2021 on HBO Max (thanks to a big fan campaign), made him even more popular with fans. Some people see his way of making movies as a guide for future superhero films.

The Legacy of Zack Snyder is Undeniable

Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot
Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot on the sets of Justice League

The easter egg in X-Men ’97 shows how superhero movies are all linked together. It reminds us that these films take ideas from each other, making a kind of shared language that fans love to decode.

Whether the scene in the animated show is meant as a tribute or just happened by chance, it shows how much Zack Snyder has impacted superhero movies.

His films have really made a mark on how these movies look and what they’re about. As superhero movies keep changing and growing, it’ll be cool to see how the director’s ideas influence what comes next.

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Watch X-Men ’97 on Disney+ and Man of Steel on Amazon Prime Video.

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