Director Kevin Smith has revealed a Superman Lives Easter egg that was almost dropped from his Supergirl episode “Supergirl Lives” but which then made it back in, though in a slightly altered form.
First some background: Superman Lives was the name of a notorious never-made Superman reboot movie in the ’90s set to be directed by Tim Burton with Nic Cage in the cape. Smith wrote the script. Much has been written about the movie which from all accounts would have been a right dog’s dinner thanks to producer Jon Peters (Batman, Batman Returns) giving the director and writer a bizarre list of demands, including a black suit and no flying for Superman, a fight with a polar bear and a fight with a giant spider, which became known as a “Thanagarian Snare Beast”, in the third act.
Seems like Smith’s new Supergirl episode pays homage to that giant spider.
“There was one joke in an early draft of the script where Winn doesn’t want to go to outer space,’ Smith tells IGN. “At one point in this episode he’s forced to leave the planet. He doesn’t want to go on the journey and he’s listing the things that could be on the other side of the stargate. ‘There could be anything over there!’ He lists two things and then the third one is, ‘A giant spider!’
“We didn’t wind up shooting it. We cut the scene because it was just kinda long, so that went away. But Eric [Carrasco], one of the writers of the episode, was able to find another place. At one point you will hear someone say, ‘Thanagarian snare beast’. It’s not used in any sort of, ‘Look out! Here comes one!’ way, but it’s dropped very casually. And not in a way that interrupts the episode, if you’re like, ‘Hey, man, I hate inside jokes.’ It’s a nice little Easter egg placement if you know that old story. And if you don’t, it’s just a reference to Thanagar. So even if you don’t know s*** about Kevin Smith, it’s still, ‘I heard him say Thanagarian! That’s cool!’”