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Top 10 Wonder Woman Movie Easter Eggs

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Written by Craig Butler Diana discovered a whole new world in her movie – but even she may have missed some of these tidbits. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down the Top 10 Wonder Woman Movie Easter Eggs. For this list, we’re looking at moments in the Wonder Woman movie that reference things in comic books, other movies or even real life. Thanks to our user calvinator2012 for suggesting the idea! Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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Diana discovered a whole new world in her movie – but even she may have missed some of these tidbits. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down the Top 10 Wonder Woman Movie Easter Eggs.

For this list, we’re looking at moments in the Wonder Woman movie that reference things in comic books, other movies or even real life.

#10: Striking a Rosie the Riveter Pose

This first Easter egg is an homage from Diana in World War I to a famous World War II female figure. At one point in the film, Diana raises a fist to deflect a bullet and, in so doing, assumes what is popularly known as the “Rosie the Riveter” pose. The pose was popularized by a war-time poster created by J. Howard Miller which encouraged women to do their part in the war effort. And the similarity between the poster and Wonder Woman’s pose may be incidental – but considering the empowering message of the film, many viewers made the connection.

#9: Ares Puts Diana in a Bind

During the climactic battle, Ares uses his powers to bind Diana with metal scraps. This is actually a subtle nod to the fact that, particularly in the early days, Wonder Woman was frequently being bound, usually - though not always - by men. Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, believed that women were superior to men, and was something of a bondage enthusiast himself. Maybe Diana breaking free from her bonds symbolizes women breaking free from societal limitations - or maybe Marston thought it was kinky and fun. Whatever the reason, Diana encountered far more chains and ropes than most of her male counterparts.

#8: The Doc May Be a Princess

The film’s mad scientist may be a genius, but her moniker – Doctor Poison – is a little “on the nose” by today’s standards. There have been two Wonder Woman villainesses with that name, one from World War II and one from more recent years. The earlier version seems to have inspired the movie scientist, as their costumes are strikingly similar. In the comics, however, Dr. Poison was actually a Japanese princess named Maru. The filmmakers don’t seem to have been interested in giving their Dr. Poison royal blood, but the idea of the Amazonian Princess battling a despicably evil Princess is certainly interesting.

#7: What’s On that Prow?

When the German warship sends its men to Themyscira, the boats they use to reach shore are labeled “SMS Schwaben.” The Schwaben was an actual German battleship, created in 1901. Measuring over 400 feet in length, it carried more than 650 men and could reach a top speed of 18 knots. Although active during World War I, by the time Diana entered the fray, it would not have been in use in the way depicted in the film. What’s interesting about the inclusion of the Schwaben is that it was the successor to an older ship - the SMS Mars. And Mars, of course, is the Roman name given to Ares.

#6: Sameer the Blackhawk

Several of Steve’s colleagues accompany him and Diana on their mission to the front lines. Among them is Sameer, a frustrated Moroccan actor who uses his skills to lie, con and deceive – but for the good guys. In the film, Sameer doesn’t appear to have a connection to the larger DC Universe. However, Said Taghmaoui, who portrays Sameer has indicated there may be one. He tweeted out a photo of Sameer next to a member of the Blackhawk Squadron, a World War II-era group of international pilots. Said’s tweet is labeled “Coming soon,” prompting speculation that Sameer may become the DCEU version of Blackhawk.

#5: Borrowing That Dress

In the movie, Diana shows up at a German gala wearing a knock-out blue dress – which she apparently “borrowed” from an impatient guest waiting to get into the castle. The guest is shown for only a few seconds and we don’t learn her name, but a quick look at the credits reveals the character’s name is Fausta Grables. In the comics, Fausta made only one appearance in the 1940s, as a Swiss Nazi agent intent on defeating Diana. Fans of the Wonder Woman TV show, however, know her from an impressive appearance as “the Nazi Wonder Woman.” Diehard fans were delighted with the movie’s tribute to a minor but memorable villainess.

#4: Ice Cream

One of the memorable highlights of the film is Diana’s joyful reaction to her first taste of ice cream. This emphasizes both how alien Man’s world is to her and her capability for innocent delight. It’s also a direct homage to a similar moment in the New 52 comics reboot of Wonder Woman. In the comics, a young girl introduces her to the joys of ice cream, and the animated “Justice League: War” film features a sequence like that. Now with its inclusion in the big screen outing, ice cream is firmly established as a Wonder Woman mainstay – and a delightful one.

#3: Paradise Island

One of the most impressive aspects of the film is its ability to capture the look and feel of Diana’s homeland of Themyscira. Many of the frames look as if they had leaped directly from the pen of George Perez, the artist who reimagined Wonder Woman in the 1980s. The architecture is perfect and the whole island seems beautiful to be real. Perhaps that’s why, in the film, Steve Trevor forgoes the hard-to-pronounce Themyscira and calls the place “Paradise Island.” It also just happens to be a tribute to the island’s original name in the comics, one it held for more than four decades. And an apt name it was.

#2: Artemis

Although Diana, Hippolyta, and Antiope are given more screen time, there’s another Amazon who makes a considerable impression. Artemis is presented as one of the tribe’s most skilled and accomplished warriors, especially during her practice battle with Diana. And with former championship boxer Ann Wolfe in the role, it’s easy to see why. In fact, in the comics, Artemis played a large role in the Wonder Woman storyline after her introduction in 1994. At one point, she even was chosen by Hippolyta to replace Diana as Wonder Woman. With her incredible fighting talent, it’s easy to see why.


#1: Homage to “Superman”

The scene in which Diana and Steve find themselves trapped in an alley and under fire by German agents is one which audiences loved – and many of them noted a similarity to a scene from the 1978 “Superman” movie. That was intentional on the moviemaker’s part. In the Superman film, Lois and Clark get trapped by muggers in an alley. And just as Diana intercepts a bullet meant for Steve, Clark makes sure to save Lois from a gunshot. Since “Superman” basically started the whole big screen superhero movie movement, this tribute seems entirely fitting.
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