Cyborg and S.T.A.R. Labs
S.T.A.R. Labs (Scientific and Technological Advanced Research), is a research facility founded by a scientist named Robert Meersman, who wanted a nationwide chain of research laboratories unconnected to the government or any business interests. He succeeded not only on a national scale, but an international one as well: S.T.A.R. Labs currently maintains facilities in Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan as well as in the United States, with the total number of facilities numbering between twenty and thirty at last recorded count. Cyborg, also known as Victor Stone, is a superhero who is half man and half machine. His body was destroyed in a tragic accident, but he was saved through experimental technology; his body parts have been replaced with a large arsenal of high-tech gadgets and weaponry, while constantly providing life support. Stone struggles with his humanity as a machine, although his advancements have made him an unstoppable powerhouse.
Watchmen is set in an alternate reality which closely mirrors the contemporary world of the 1980s. The primary point of divergence is the presence of superheroes. Their existence in this iteration of America is shown to have dramatically affected and altered the outcomes of real-world events such as the Vietnam War and the presidency of Richard Nixon. In keeping with the realism of the series, although the costumed crime fighters of Watchmen are commonly called "superheroes", the only character who possesses obvious superhuman powers is Doctor Manhattan. The existence of Doctor Manhattan has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union, which has increased tensions between the two nations. Additionally, superheroes have become unpopular among the public, which has led to the passage of legislation in 1977 to outlaw them. While many of the heroes retired, Doctor Manhattan and The Comedian operate as government-sanctioned agents, and Rorschach continues to operate outside the law. The bloody smiley face is an iconic logo associated with the comic, which was also adapted for the big screen by Zack Snyder. Since Superman and Watchmen take place in alternate realities, its unlikely that the characters from these franchises will ever crossover in a future film.
Lex Luthor and LexCorp
Lex Luthor has long been rumored to be a major player in Batman Vs. Superman. Will he be the sequel's main villain? That has yet to be seen, but its clear that director Zack Snyder is setting up the character for future use in one of the upcoming DC Comics movies. Its long been rumored that either Bryan Cranston or Mark Strong would likely play the part. Tom Hanks has also thrown his name in the ring, asking producers to cast him in the movie.
Batman and Wayne Enterprises
Not only does Man of Steel set up the presence of Lex Luthor in its universe, it also sets up Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman, to be played by Ben Affleck. Its not yet known how or why the two biggest DC Comics superheroes come together on the big screen. But it is known that Gotham City's local football team will be going up against its rival, Metropolis.
Booster Gold and Blaze Comics
Booster Gold is a time-traveling super-hero from the 25th Century who uses high-tech equipment to fight crime, alongside his robotic side-kick Skeets. His best friend and most regular partner is Blue Beetle. Not taken very seriously by his peers because of a careless and somewhat egotistical attitude, he is frequently under-estimated. The character had a major arc on the since canceled CW series Smallville. Blaze Comics is a comic book publisher noted for publishing the Booster Gold comic book series. The creators of the Booster Gold comic, Benjamin Lindgren and Martin Kramer, were killed by the 1000 to get the secrets of what they knew about Booster Gold.
Brainiac is a super-intelligent alien being from the planet Colu who has fought Superman many times. Extremely advanced mental abilities that have allowed him to work through numerous robotic and even human proxies make him a dangerously formidable opponent. It is difficult to tell whether you're dealing with the original Brainiac, or one of his drones. His obsession with knowledge has led him to shrink down many cities to bottle size for transportation on his Skull Ship, including Kandor on Krypton. He is a frequent ally of Lex Luthor and has been a member of the Anti-Justice League. It has long been rumored that he would be a major villain in the Justice League movie.
Tony Gallo and Utopia Casino
Tony Gallo was an hotelier from Nevada, who, many years ago, had established the Utopia Casino in the heart of New Troy, Metropolis. Newspaper magnate Perry White suspected Gallo of being an unscrupulous opportunist and assigned his most solid, incorruptible reporter, Lois Lane, to investigate him. Lane arranged for a personal meeting with Gallo at the Utopia Casino. If Bryan Cranston gets passed by for Lex Luthor, he would surely make a great Tony Gallo.
Galaxy Communications is one of the world's leading telecommunications companies and an major economic engine of both Metropolis and the United States. Galaxy Communications also supplies cable service and phone service to customers in Metropolis. It has a broadband division that supplies Americans with cable and digital television services, and also produces several periodicals and books through its subsidiary Galaxy Publishing.
Its believed that in one moment during Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder superimposed Christopher Reeve's face over Henry Cavill's in an homage to the late actor.
What do you think? We now know that Cyborg, Booster Gold, Tony Gallo, and Brainiac are part of the Man of Steel universe. Which one are you most excited about seeing in a future movie?
Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.