I'm a big fan of the show Smallville and while watching Man of Steel, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between the 2. Some of these include shared cast members like Amy Adams, albeit in different roles. SPOILER ALERT One BIG one that sticks out is Zod's motives and how he and the kryptonians with him are dispatched. Zod's plans in both involved turning earth in Krypton using a from of sacred Kryptonian technology. In Smallville, it was the Book of Rao, the Kryptonian equivalent of the Bible, and his plan was using it to turn the Yellow sun, red and, in turn, giving the him and the other Kandorians powers (which had been taken way by Jor-El). In MOS, it was the Codex and it would be used to repopulate Earth after the World Engine terraformed it into a Krypton-like environment. The way Zod and his crew are dealt with is similar in that both are sucked into a Black Hole created by Clark. However, in Smallville the black hole just sent them to a new planet, while in MOS the black hole sent them to the Phantom Zone. There are many more similarities between the two and nods that I haven't named. Feel free to post if you noticed them.