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Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle
When the Blur finishes dressing in the telephone booth, he zips his leather jacket up to his neck (collar of his t-shirt) and several inches above the House of El/Superman logo. Yet, once he leaves the booth, the jacket zipper is now at least nine inches lower and almost to the bottom of the logo.
The SUV that almost hits Jaime has Metropolis on its license plate, but no state name.
Skeets: May I offer a piece of advice from your former career, sir?
Booster Gold: Football?
Skeets: Go big, or go home.
Lois: So just, I don't know, slope your shoulders a little bit, speak a little softer, and stop being so, so...
Booster Gold: I'm sure you're all wondering who I am. Well, how about the 411? I'm pure gold, ladies and gentlemen. I am Booster Gold, the greatest hero you've never heard of--'til now!
Cat: I saw him first.
Cat: Who else? Booster Gold. I know you're competitive, Lois, but you can't just sweep in and take my story. You didn't want anything to do with him before I did.
Lois: I don't want to have anything to do with him--or you.
Skeets: Will you be thanking anyone, sir?
Booster Gold: Me. And maybe my mom. People love that sentimental stuff. Scores pretty big with the ladies, too.
Booster Gold: Who wants to be the star of the show? (all the Booster Girls raise their hands) Just kidding, I'm the star of the show.
Clark: Look, we need to get together and find Kord's missing weapon. It's dangerous
Booster Gold: Danger... is my middle name. So is fame, fortune, and front page, Clark.
Clark: The suit doesn't make the hero. A hero's made in the moment by the choices that he makes and the reasons that he makes them. A hero brings out the best in people.
Booster Gold: Well, you know what? I got some advice for you, too.
Clark: What's that?
Booster Gold: "The Blur." No. No, no, no. It sounds like a roller coaster or something. You need something strong. You need something simple. Something that actually starts with that "S" you wear. Something... super. You got to brand it, baby. You know?
Clark: I'll start brainstorming.
Cassidy Freeman and Justin Hartley are credited but don't appear.
Booster Gold first appeared in Booster Gold #1 (February 1986) and was created by Dan Jurgens. Booster is Michael Jon Carter, an athlete of the 25th century who got caught in an illegal gambling scam. He went to work at the Space Museum and stole some super-science gadgets and a reprogrammed security robot (Skeets) and took a time machine back to the 20th century, the Age of Super-Heroes. He then made a name for himself as a superhero, "Booster Gold," and promoted and marketed himself extensively to make lots of money. He eventually became an actual hero of sorts, and joined the Justice League. Since then he has lost his original weaponry, gained a replacement, left the League and formed his own group, the Conglomerate. In the aftermath of Infinite Crisis he got a new comic book where he travels the timestream.
Jaime Reyes is the third hero to bear the name "Blue Beetle." He first appeared in Infinite Crisis when he found the scarab belonging to the Golden Age Blue Beetle. The scarab merged with Jaime and gave him the power to grow bio-organic power armor. The scarab is part of a hive mind and was designed to corrupt its wielder to aid its alien master in infiltrating and conquering planets. However, Jaime's conscience let him overcome its influence and it now works to help Jaime in his heroic deeds.
Silver Age Blue Beetle
The Silver Age/Charlton Blue Beetle first appeared in Captain Atom #63 (Nov. 1966) under Charlton Comics, and was created by Steve Ditko. A student of the Golden Age Blue Beetle (Dan Garrett, who gets a namecheck here), Ted Kord had no superhuman powers but was a skilled inventor, martial artist, and acrobat. He created the Beetle, a state-of-the-art airship, and a BB gun capable of firing concussive air blasts and a blind light. DC Comics eventually purchased the Charlton line and introduced Blue Beetle and others in Crisis on Infinite Earths. He subsequently had his own short-lived series and was a member of Justice League International. He apparently met his death in Countdown to Final Crisis (March 2005). However, as of the time this episode premiered, subsequent alterations to the time stream may have resulted in an alternate timeline where he still lives.
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Lois: Tell him you're mad as hell and you're not going to take it anymore.
Referencing the 1976 movie Network. The movie features a famous speech given by Howard Beale, a news anchor who is being retired due to low ratings, but is kept on when his on-screen rants bring in the ratings. Beale tells his viewers that they should realize that they have had enough and should go to the window and shout "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" The quote was #19 on AFI's Top 100 Movie Quotes.
Lois: No, not until we've reversed Pygmalian the stud into a blunder of beige.
Referencing the play of the same name by George Bernard Shaw, where phonetics professor Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can transform a flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a well-spoken woman who he can pass off as a duchess. The play has been adapted a number of times, most famously as the musical My Fair Lady.
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