Breaking Down the Turkish Airlines Batman v Superman Spots

Posted: February 8, 2016 in Character Takeover, Comic Book Breakdowns
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We learned a lot about Batman v Superman last night, didn’t we?

That we did. Turkish Airlines came out with two new travel ads promoting trips to both Gotham and Metropolis, and they’re packed with Easter eggs.

Since we love Easter egg hunts, let’s look over both spots (and the Turkish Airlines website pages) and try to find them all!

I love coloring eggs!

This isn’t that kind of Easter egg hunt…


Most of the shots in this one just seem like they’re showing off buildings that got destroyed in Man of Steel.

You can see the Daily Planet logo at 0:14 though!

That Superman statue at 0:19 noticeably has no red paint on its chest. I guess they filmed this spot some time before Superman meets with that committee in the trailer?

Speaking of, Supes is seen flying by at 0:21, knocking some stuff over outside the Metropolis Museum of Modern Art.

Lex Luthor shows up at 0:26! He has hair!

…That, and he’s holding a press conference on the new LexCorps tower.

The travel site says a little bit more. Heroes Park, where the Superman statue hangs out, is the movie version of Centennial Park, the comic park already based on New York’s Central Park.

Shuster Arena and Siegel Music Hall are obviously references to writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, the co-creators of Superman.

I wonder if the “unidentifiable beeping rectangle tucked discreetly into a shirt pocket” is a reference to Lex/OS?

It might be!

Gotham City

There’s a few Batman: Arkham references in this one!

Yeah, you’re right! A quick shot of the Ace Chemicals building pops up at around 0:13, with the logo looking a lot like the one in Batman: Arkham Knight (as seen below).


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But how about that shot of Gotham through Wayne Enterprises at 0:32? Very reminiscent of the Gotham City seen in the Batman: Arkham games.

“Grant’s Bistro,” at 0:15, is most likely a reference to Grant Morrison, a popular Batman writer.

Then there’s a long shot of the Gotham Opera House, where Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered, and a glance at a nightclub in the Bowery, Gotham’s worst neighborhood!

Capping things off is the Bat-Signal shining in the sky at 0:38!

The website gives us a tad bit more information. Right off the bat (hehe), a “Norwegian mercenary” who founded Gotham is mentioned, a nod to Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing #53, where Captain Jon Logerquist is seen founding the city.

Davenport Tower (where Penguin keeps the Iceburg Lounge in the popular “No Man’s Land” story), and the Clocktower (headquarters of Batman ally, and one time Batgirl, Oracle) are also mentioned.

Amusement Mile is mentioned, and seems like it’s still run by the Joker in the DCEU!

Then there’s two references to Poison Ivy, with the Wayne Botanical Gardens (Ivy uses the Giordano Botanical Gardens as a hideout in the comics) and Robinson Park, where Ivy camped out in No Man’s Land, getting a mention.

Burnley Harbor is probably a reference to the “Burnley Freight Yards,” used by the Falcone crime family to bring in illegal goods.

Then there’s all the spots we didn’t mention, like the Diamond District, which are already big name spots in DC comics.

Anything Else?

Turkish Airlines gave us a map!

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Two maps!

Both give a decent layout of how everything sits in both Metropolis and Gotham City. The cities sit somewhat close to each other, with Superman’s prision of choice, Stryker’s Island Penitentiary, located right in the middle of both areas.

There’s not much else we can get from the maps, but they’re still cool anyway!

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will arrive in theaters on March 25, 2016.

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