Originally Posted by Dr.
Over-the-top Evil Schemes To Rule The World! have an obvious commonality. Lex - and any number of Bond villains - have been making the attempt for decades. But if you think about it, the SR version was a fair bit different than the STM one. It’s only because of the “homage factor” and the recycling of references to “real estate” and “land” that the SR scheme seems derivative of STM.
Really if they left the stuff they cut in the movie all that stuff would have been only seen as trying to let the viewer know the first and second movie was connected to this one. The land bit was only a small part of Lex's plan.