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Here’s the Story Behind ‘I Am Legend’s’ ‘Batman V Superman’ Easter Egg

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In 2007, audiences were treated to the first look at a World’s Finest-like team-up on the big screen. Sure, it was a movie poster appearing in Francis Lawrence’s I Am Legend, but it was there. Fast forward to today, and Warner Bros. is filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which just so happens to have a logo very similar to the one seen in that Will Smith vehicle.

Speaking with Lawrence about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, opening today nationwide, Collider used the opportunity to asks about the origins of that seven-year-old Easter egg.

“The reason that it was there is that the producer and writer of I Am Legend, Akiva Goldsman, actually wrote an early, early [draft of Batman v Superman],” the director said. He added that, if his memory served, Christopher Nolan initially was going to make Troy and Wolfgang Peterson was supposed to do Batman/Superman.

“We thought, ‘Hey, what movies would it be fun to have up on the screen when the plague hit?'” Lawrence recalled, adding that he recently saw Goldsman, who revealed the studio never gave them clearance to use the combined logo (watch the full interview below).

Although Lawrence doesn’t remember where the logo came from, it appears to be based on the one from DC Comics’ Superman/Batman series, which debuted in 2003.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the real Batman v Superman opens March 25, 2016.

Comments

  • Josiah Silas Michael

    They decided to put a fictional movie poster into a fictional universe. Fascinating. Tell me more.

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  • Jeff Chapman

    so they ripped off the Batman v Superman logo from I am legend?

  • A. D.

    Stop haten that’s tight

  • thatone

    DC: Yeah that was for a film we thought we were gonna do seven years ago.

    Marvel: cute.

  • DigiZilla

    No I am legend took it straight from the comics. Even the BvS logo is from the comcis just with miller fat bat.

  • Darth_Chockula

    These fargin guys know full well they wanted to do that film. I’m sure they wanted it to come shortly after they were convinced Singer’s Superman Returns was going to be the “Superman” the public accepted in theaters. We all know how WB got cold feet and dissed Singer’s plans when he was plotting an action-packed sequel which was reported to introduce Wonder Woman(possibly an Indian actress), if I recall correctly.

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    Marvel is a bunch of cute bitches.

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    Happy with this current BvS movie and think Cavill/Affleck will do well.

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  • Josiah Silas Michael

    The link suggested that there was a story. I didn’t see one.

  • ThrashyTrends

    And the story is that they chose a Batman/Superman poster because the producer/writer wrote an early draft. It’s no amazing story, but it does finally explain the logo.

  • Amy Chimson

    AND the Superman Returns S/ shield!

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    Dang Amy you’re a cutie ;)

  • Liberal Ninja

    Just noticed this! Thought they added it for a promo.

  • Amber Marielouise R

    We’ve known creators to leave easter eggs in games, movies, novels, etc. Is this new?

  • 95truefan95

    Hahah. They had clairvoyence