The Dark Knight was one of the best films from the DC Universe, and that’s an unarguable fact. Not only did it bring about one of the best Batman ever–most fans still believe no one can replace Christian Bales as Bruce Wayne ever–but The Dark Knight Trilogy also gave fans exactly what they had been yearning to see for years now.
Although it has been more than a decade since the titular second film from The Dark Knight Trilogy came out, fans have recently dug an Easter egg from the beginning of the movie, which recognizes the first-ever modern film Spider-Man portrayer, Tobey Maguire, as the GOAT (i.e. ‘Greatest Of All Time’) web-slinger.
The Dark Knight Features Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3 Poster
The sequel to Batman Begins from the Christopher Nolan-directed trilogy, The Dark Knight is undoubtedly one of the biggest masterpieces from the DC Universe. Featuring Christian Bale as Batman and the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, the film was like a gift to most DC fans.
However, there is something that makes the movie even better and, surprisingly enough, that something appears right at the beginning of the film. Making everything more stunning and exciting is the fact that this Easter egg that fans recently dug up from the one-and-a-half-decade-old movie is related to the original modern Spider-Man film series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As astonishing as it could get, the opening scene of The Dark Knight sees a gang of ‘Jokers’ pairing up to pull a bank heist. In that very first scene, some eagle-eyed fans zoomed right up to one part of the screen that showed a movie poster. And it wasn’t some ordinary film poster: it was the poster of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3.
Here’s the tweet by @blurayangel on X which pointed out this Easter egg to other fans:
— BLURAYANGEL 🦇 (@blurayangel) November 19, 2023
Following this, several fans have perked up to share how Tobey Maguire‘s web slinger’s appearance in a whole new film from a whole different franchise further proves that is nothing short of a GOAT Spider-Man.
Fans React To Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man Appearing In The Dark Knight
While watching Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man film poster in a movie from a whole different and even competitive universe is genuinely astonishing, it only adds to the fact that Maguire’s web-slinger is indeed the OG GOAT.
Commenting on the tweet, numerous fans talked about the same. Here’s what they have to say:
goat recognizes goat
— YNWA 🇵🇸 🇲🇾 (@Rf96Rf96) November 20, 2023
Pretty much this pic.twitter.com/xbj8MdcaKe
— General Smile (@JamesMc46012825) November 20, 2023
— Shantanu (@shan_hipster) November 19, 2023
Even the Joker knew he was no match for the Bully.
— Ryan Paul (@MegaTook) November 19, 2023
real recognize real
— Willski (@mcwillith) November 19, 2023
Joker was blinking the DIRT OUT OF HIS EYE *cue James Brown*
— Mitchell Zirbel (@mitchellzirbelx) November 20, 2023
Though this could be sheer coincidence, some other fans are bent on disagreeing, thinking it could mean something greater than what the eye can see. Perhaps, they aren’t wrong about it and there is, in fact, a greater meaning to this. Who knows? Perhaps.