X-Men ’97 Episode 8 Parallels Superman’s Origin From Man Of Steel (Scene-By-Scene Comparison)

Bastion Covers His Ears in Class in X-Men 97 and Henry Cavill's Superman Looks at the Camera in Man of Steel

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for X-Men ’97 episode 8.

Despite being an animated Marvel show with no connection to DC, X-Men ’97 episode 8 features a surprising parallel to Zack Snyder’s Man of SteelX-Men ‘97’s main villain has been revealed to be Bastion, a human-turned-Prime Sentinel who’s the reincarnation of supervillain Nimrod and a descendant of the Sentinel Master Mold. Bastion is the one responsible for the Sentinel’s attack on Genosha from X-Men ’97 episode 5, and thus responsible for the deaths of countless mutants as well, including Gambit.

Before the mutants’ inevitable battle against the villain, X-Men ‘97 episode 8 “Tolerance Is Extinction Part 1” delves into Bastion’s origin through a vision that Jean Grey receives when visiting the villain’s childhood home. According to the flashback, a young Sebastion Gilberti began developing odd abilities while at school. Although this might be a common occurrence for young mutants in the X-Men ‘97 universe, the way Bastion’s early abilities are depicted on screen is remarkably similar to the way Superman discovers his powers in the DCEU’s Man Of Steel. Watch a shot-by-shot comparison shared on X by user kgcrossov3r below:

Bastion’s Flashback Origin Story Sequence Is Almost Identical To Superman’s In Man Of Steel

Bastion Develops His Powers When He Was In School, Exactly Like Henry Cavill’s Superman

Child Bastion holding his head in pain with flashes around X-Men '97 season 1 ep 8

As shown in Jean Grey’s flashback vision in X-Men ‘97 episode 8, Bastion begins hearing voices and sensing machines in the middle of class, which forces him to exit the classroom. Soon afterward, Bastion hugs his mother and asks her “Mom, will I ever be normal?”, to which his mother responds, “You are normal. You are my son”. In Man of Steel, Clark Kent’s senses suddenly sharpen during class, and he runs out of the classroom to hide in the maintenance staff’s closet. Clark’s mother arrives, and Clark hugs her after he soothes him by telling him to think of the world as “smaller”.

X-Men ’97 writer Beau DeMayo confirmed that Bastion’s parents appeared in X-Men: The Animated Series ‘ two-part storyline “One Man’s Worth,” which featured Nimrod and Master Mold.

How X-Men ’97 Episode 8’s DCEU Connection Makes Its Story Even Better

Man Of Steel’s Superman Story Shows Where Bastion Failed

Henry Cavill's Superman Prepares to Fly in Man of Steel and Bastion Stands in Marvel Comics Cover

X-Men ’97 pays a respectful homage to DC’s biggest icon and the DCEU’s first installment with Bastion’s origin story. The fact that it’s X-Men‘s main villain who experiences the same struggles as Superman gives Bastion a chance to gather empathy from the audience, as he clearly wasn’t at fault for his transformation. Just like Clark Kent spent his childhood thinking he was a regular human boy, Sebastion Gilberti considered himself to be a regular kid until his powers developed.

Also like Superman, Bastion’s life was shaped by his father. When Clark Kent grew up and started to embrace the full potential of his abilities, he came into contact with Jor-El’s stored consciousness in the shipwrecked Kryptonian scouting ship, where he learned his true origin and Kryptonian nature. Similarly, X-Men ’97‘s Bastion grew into his powers and harnessed them for evil purposes, all courtesy of Nimrod’s possession of Bastion’s father prior to Bastion’s conception. Despite having a mother who loved and supported him, Bastion gave in to his Sentinel nature and distanced himself from his similarities to Superman.

Related Posts

Taylor Swift Under Fire as She Reignites ‘Feud’ Rumors with Billie Eilish

There’s yet another update in the saga Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll know all about this alleged ‘feud’ between…

A Taylor Swift Song Doesn’t Stand A Chance Of Making It Into The Eras Tour Movie Now

Thanks to the changes Taylor Swift made to her Eras Tour setlist, one particular song is never making it into The Eras Tour movie now. After a two-month hiatus, Taylor Swift resumed The…

Taylor Swift Trades Mobile for Vintage Camera to Snap Romantic Moments with Travis Kelce on Rainy Boat Ride in Italy

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s romantic escape in Lake Como filled with sweet moments and cosy eveningsTaylor Swift and Travis Kelce stole a sweet escape from the…

Taylor Swift Reignites Feud with Kim Kardashian in Latest Album – With Mutual Friends Like Lana Del Rey, Gigi Hadid, and Ice Spice, Will They Be Forced to Take Sides?

On her recent record-breaking album The Tortured Poets Department, Taylor Swift reignited her decades-long feud with Kim Kardahian.On the track thanK you aIMee, the 14-time Grammy award-winner sings of…

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s Marriage in Turmoil: Report Reveals They’re Living Separate Lives

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are reportedly on “two different pages” in their marriage amid rumors they are headed toward divorce.“Jen and Ben are having issues in…

Joe Alwyn Flirts with Blondes at Cannes Bash While Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce Savor Italy Romance

There’s no denying Joe Alwyn has a thing for blondes … the actor’s surrounding himself with a group of women whose hair color just happens to match that of…