X-MEN '97 Showrunner Beau DeMayo Confirms MAN OF STEEL's Influence On Marvel Series

X-MEN '97 Showrunner Beau DeMayo Confirms MAN OF STEEL's Influence On Marvel Series

Former X-Men '97 showrunner Beau DeMayo has confirmed he's a fan of Zack Snyder and reveals that key scenes in the animated revival were indeed inspired by 2013's Man of Steel. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - May 07, 2024 05:05 AM EST
Filed Under: X-Men '97
Source: Toonado.com

X-Men '97 has been praised for its compelling, comic-accurate take on the iconic team and the timely, hard-hitting storylines which make this character great. Beau DeMayo served as Head Writer on the Disney+ series, only to be suddenly fired just days before the premiere. 

We still don't know what led to that and DeMayo hasn't elaborated on why he parted ways with Marvel Studios. He has, however, been sharing something of a running commentary on episodes via X, keeping fans enthralled by sharing deep-cut Easter Eggs and behind-the-scenes secrets. 

Last week's episode, titled "Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 1," revealed Bastion's origin story, and one scene, in particular, struck a chord with DC fans. 

They were quick to point out the similarities between the moment Bastion discovered his connection to machines and Clark Kent's discovery of his Kryptonian superpowers, with a side-by-side comparison - first shared on Toonado.com - revealing just how much 2013's Man of Steel has influenced X-Men '97.

This wouldn't be the first time the show has pulled from Zack Snyder's 2013 blockbuster as "Lifedeath - Part 2" saw Storm regain her mutant powers and take flight in a sequence which seemed to draw heavily from the SnyderVerse. 

In fact, DeMayo even confirmed that he was inspired by Man of Steel's memorable first flight scene (in that, the adult Clark finally suited up and took flight after discovering more about his Kryptonian heritage, including Superman's iconic costume). 

Shortly after last week's episode dropped, DeMayo even took to X to joke about Bastion's mother being named Martha (after previously revealing we'd first met her in X-Men: The Animated Series). 

However, before facing the wrath of Snyder's faithful legion of fans, the former X-Men '97 showrunner was quick to add, "Also. Full disclaimer: I’m a Snyder fan. Especially Man of Steel." 

We never expected an MCU project to reference Man of Steel, but its influence on this animated revival is impossible to ignore. Perhaps we'll see more nods to the movie in the final two episodes of the show's debut season...

X-Men '97 revisits the iconic era of the 1990s as The X-Men, a band of mutants who use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.

Eight episodes of X-Men '97 are now streaming on Disney+ with new instalments following weekly. 

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Doomsday8888 - 5/7/2024, 5:37 AM
Absolutely Based and X-pilled.

lel, this is how you wish Henry Cavill a happy Birthday, get rekt Gunn! :P
ProfessorWhy - 5/7/2024, 5:39 AM
With X-men 97, the S means " Superior to Man Of Steel
DeadClunge - 5/7/2024, 6:01 AM
Nice, now put a top on bro 😅
TK420 - 5/7/2024, 6:13 AM
@DeadClunge - A top is probably what he was hunting for...
DeadClunge - 5/7/2024, 6:25 AM
@TK420 - lmfao 😭😭
cubrn - 5/7/2024, 6:41 PM
@DeadClunge - You wish you looked like him
DeadClunge - 5/7/2024, 7:29 PM
@cubrn - I'm probably about the same size tbh
Sicario - 5/7/2024, 6:11 AM
How do I post pics? I made an edit if corensvet as superman. I think it's miles better than what they showed
DeadClunge - 5/7/2024, 6:26 AM
@Sicario - paste the link and remove the 's' from the https
SpiderParker - 5/7/2024, 6:11 AM
So he is basically saying, Man of Steel's origin story is similar to that of a villain? Seems legit.
Highflyer - 5/7/2024, 6:24 AM
You mean to tell me when you watched the MOS seen, it gave you villain vibes?
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AC1 - 5/7/2024, 6:48 AM
I've been loving this show, gonna be sad when the finale drops having to presumably wait another year for the next season
lazlodaytona - 5/7/2024, 7:08 AM
Man of Stealing from Snyder!
Forthas - 5/7/2024, 7:35 AM
Man of Steel is the most underated CBM of all time. It is among the best superhero films ever made and has replaced Donner's film as the definitive Superman film. Good to see other creatives show that film the respect it deserves.
TheMetaMan - 5/7/2024, 7:50 AM
@Forthas - Yes!! A person of culture. Took the words right out of my mouth!! MOS is sublime. It’s like it’s tailor-made for me. Love the film to bits. Best superman film to date and imo superman legacy won’t surpass it’s credibility. Cavill will always be my superman. I will always hold Synder’s vision of the man of steel in the highest regard. Man of steel is fire. It slaps harder then Will Smith.
Fogs - 5/7/2024, 7:53 AM
@Forthas - Respectfully disagree, big time. The film has nice looks (besides the dick pods) but that's it imho.
Forthas - 5/7/2024, 8:08 AM
@Fogs - I respect you point of view. My only response to people that did not like the film is I can never seem to get an understanding of why they did not like it. Especially when placed in comparison to Richard Donner's take which suffered from almost all of the same criticism level at Man of Steel. But whatever...to each their own.
TheMetaMan - 5/7/2024, 10:40 AM
@Forthas - People always hate and fear what they don’t understand. MOS was ahead of it’s time and it’s aged like fine wine. MOS isn’t the Superman film we deserved, it was the one we needed.
mastakilla39 - 5/7/2024, 12:40 PM
@Forthas - My favorite Superman film is still Superman 2 Donnor Cut. Why MoS didn't work for me is Superman/Lois weren't done well. Snyder relied too heavily on Cavil's visuals rather than letting him showcase his acting. Lois Lane had wit but lacked charm and a journalist drive to make her interesting. Snyder just kept making her stumble into events by accident so it felt like a lazy plot device. Both had zero chemistry, romance, and felt like stoic bland cool archetypes rather than something complex or interesting to follow for years to come.

If Superman/Lois don't work than it fails as a Superman movie (to me).

I think creatives are more in awe by the visual portrayal of super powers, not really the movie quality overall. But I argued that alot of the visuals they like were just borrowed by previous films like Matrix Revolution (for the crazy anime like fights) and Iron Man 1 (for the flying and dashing of Superman). Snyder just repackaged it onto a bigger icon and ip.
Jay12 - 5/7/2024, 1:10 PM
@TheMetaMan - LOL what "credibility" does Man of Steel have aside from being both a visually and tonally grim and violent misery-fest that took a giant dump on the character of Superman and all the rest of his supporting characters.
Jay12 - 5/7/2024, 1:17 PM
@Forthas - Absolute delusional nonsense.

And it's the single worst Superman movie.

By far.
Fogs - 5/7/2024, 3:08 PM
@TheMetaMan - Please don't come with the old "it's too smart for you to understand" snyder fan argument.

@Forthas - Can't say for the rest, but imo Snyder leaned too heavily on the messianic vibe and alien side of supes, and didn't give him material to be the good person he's supposed to be. Lois is a joke and I'm not even starting on pa kent, who should be WAY more important than Jor El on Clark's character. Supes seems a miserable person all around, burdened with those powers instead of a beacon of hope. Snyder tells that all the time btw, but don't show this aspect in all his dc films. To me he really dislikes the character of Superman.
Highflyer - 5/7/2024, 3:40 PM
@Jay12 - I'm assuming you never watched quest for peace or Superman 3.
Highflyer - 5/7/2024, 3:42 PM
@Fogs - Being a beacon of hope doesn't negate his struggles. Hope exists when we got through dispair. His emotions should suit what he's going through.
Fogs - 5/7/2024, 4:01 PM
@Highflyer - good thing it worked for you. Agreed to disagree.
Awest66 - 5/7/2024, 4:56 PM
@Forthas - I respectfully disagree. Donner's first movie was made with very clear reverence for the character and his world, Man of Steel feels like it was made with the mindset of "Superman is irrelevant and can only be fixed by giving him the Batman treatment". It also feels like it was made by a director who'd rather be making a two hour long action/effects reel than actually telling s story.

It just didn't really feel like either Snyder or Goyer had much enthusiasm towards making a new take on Superman. It was their fast food job, they didn't want to do it but they had too.
Awest66 - 5/7/2024, 5:13 PM
@Highflyer - It never really felt he got through despair and became hope.
JayI2 - 5/7/2024, 5:13 PM
@Highflyer - Superman movies with crappy villains but where Superman actually acts like Superman throughout >>>>>> Man of Steel
Highflyer - 5/7/2024, 5:46 PM
@JayI2 - 1)You think that's the only way Superman has or can acted before?
2) Villains weren't the only issues with those films and this is coming from someone who loved the first Donner film dearly.
TheMetaMan - 5/8/2024, 3:31 AM
@Jay12 - Hey dude I love MOS and it holds a special place in my heart. Yes I wanted a dark, violent, grim version of Superman where he doesn’t save his adoptive father from death, the villainous kryptonians wreck havoc to metropolis and the Indian Ocean and Clark himself literally “wrestles” with his own morality as he snaps Zod’s neck. Yes this is the version of Superman that I always wanted. Maybe I’m a psychopath with an extremely tragic and traumatic childhood (no joke) and that’s why MOS resonates with me deeply. You don’t have to like my opinion, hate it, exploit it, plagiarise it, do whatever you want. It doesn’t mean anything. The difference is kiddo, I can respect your opinion but can you do the same? Are you even capable of expressing your POV without contempt? Can you accept that some of us actually like the film and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Hey you might love football, I don’t but I don’t need to get all pissy about it. Lol please grow up.
TheMetaMan - 5/8/2024, 3:43 AM
@Fogs - No you are right. That is a cliched argument. I won’t resort to such tired tactics. However it’s been eleven years since it’s release and yet here we are. Debating weather Synder made a good Superman movie or not, arguing the merits of the film. The result is polarising, some love it and some hate it. I think we can all agree, it made its mark regardless. Synder did something so unorthodox, bold and audacious it literally threatens people’s conception of who and what Superman really is. The passion that comes from people like you who hate it, is almost intoxicating. Reminds me of pro-wrestling: Either people love you so they cheer and root for you or they hate you so they boo you. Either way you get a reaction and that’s what counts!! Nobody is talking about Superman returns, clearly that movie sunk or fell under the bus, was nothing more then a - “movie of the week.” MOS on the other hand is as controversial as they come but in my eyes it’s also the most authentic version of Superman I have ever witnessed. To me it truly is cinema and every time I watch it, I go on journey and the experience is monumental. Good day to you.
Fogs - 5/8/2024, 3:51 AM
@TheMetaMan - You lost me when you said I hate the film. Never said I did.

I can find some good stuff in it but hey, no need to write an essay out of it. I mentioned my pov to Forthas cause he said he usually don't understand people who dislike it. You know, like in a conversation.

Forthas - 5/9/2024, 5:41 PM
@TheMetaMan - I could not agree more!
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