Wonder Woman arrives in cinemas this week with a lot of lore behind it. Three DCEU movies and 76 years of comics – and that's only the beginning.
Director Patty Jenkins has actually kept her film unusually free of winky Easter-egg clutter, but there are still plenty of nods to Diana's comic-book past, movies from the DCEU and beyond, and real world events.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
(Warning: Contains spoilers for Wonder Woman)
1. Wayne Enterprises delivery
The film isn't particularly subtle about splashing the Wayne Enterprises logo over the car and delivery that arrives for Diana at the Louvre in the opening of the movie. This is, of course, the company owned by Bruce Wayne – aka Batman.
The photo that he sends for Wonder Woman was first seen in Batman v Superman in the possession of that wicked little scamp Lex Luthor.
2. Wonder curator
Present-day Diana seems to have bagged herself a coveted job at the Louvre (we'd give anything to see her CV). In the '90s, comics' Wonder Woman also worked at the (less prestigious) Gateway City Museum of Antiquities, where she met future Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark.
3. Wonder Woman's secret origin
The twists and turns of Wonder Woman's origin follows the newer story laid out for Wonder Woman. As part of DC's New 52 reboot, the classic origin – that she was made from clay by Queen Hippolyta – was revealed to be a lie.
In "reality", she is the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta (although the film doesn't explain how on Earth that happened, given that it had already established that Ares killed Zeus way back when).
4. The Amazon mission
The given mission of the Amazons is "bringing love and peace to men's hearts". This has been part of Diana's role for all of her history – indeed, during Greg Rucka's acclaimed run on the comic she served as an official ambassador from the Amazons' home, Themiscyra, in order to promote her principles to the rest of the world.
The Godkiller sword first showed up in a recent comic starring Deathstroke (the future villain of The Batman. Probably), as a weapon forged by Hephaestus, the ancient Greek blacksmith god. Of course, Wonder Woman's Godkiller turns out not to be a sword at all...Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6. General Ludendorff
Danny Huston's Erich Ludendorff is an historical figure. The real World War I German general actually pushed for the Armistice, and we can confirm that he died of liver cancer in 1937 rather than being skewered by an Amazon princess in 1918.
7. Doctor Poison
Elena Anaya's merciless scientist Dr Isabel Maru is the latest in a long tradition of Wonder Woman villains known as 'Doctor Poison'. The 1942 original was a masked Nazi called Princess Maru, and a new Maru with a similar penchant for poison was recently introduced.
We're not exactly sure about the emphasis on Queen Hippolyta's farewell to her daughter. "If you choose to leave, you may NEVER return," or "you MAY never return"?Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Either way, the most recent Wonder Woman comic has revealed that Diana was permanently exiled from Themiscyra and all stories featuring her return to the island were imaginary. (Sob!)
9. Alleyway stick-em-up
Diana and Steve Trevor's confrontation with some German spies in an alleyway is a direct homage to the famous scene from 1978's Superman where Clark Kent saves Lois Lane from an armed mugger.
This may be considered pretty tenuous, but the location of this scene in 'Dunn's Yard' could reference Bill Dunn, the star of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's 1933 story The Reign of the Superman – published five years before Clark Kent made his debut.
10. God of Truth
Ares declares himself the 'God of Truth', a title which Diana assumed in the '90s after being saved from death by the Olympians and transformed into a mortal. As usual, her new role as Goddess of Truth did not last, and she soon resumed her role as Wonder Woman.
(Diana also replaced Ares as god of war for a time. She's worn a lot of
11. Old man Ares
David Thewlis made for a rather peculiar god of war, but this isn't the first time Ares has been portrayed as a thin older gentleman rather than the usual young meathead. The New 52 Wonder Woman reimagined him as an elderly gent with permanently blood-stained trousers.
12. Raging Diana
Wonder Woman's berserker rage in the final act ties in to a long history of Diana losing control and/or experiencing a massive increase in strength. Classically, this was linked to the removal of her bracelets, an idea that was revived recently to show her tapping into her divine powers.
13. The Nazi Wonder Woman
The woman on the way to the German gala who 'volunteers' her striking blue dress to Diana (we never do find out how that exchange went down) is played by actress Rachel Pickup, credited as 'Fausta Grables'.
Grables is a Nazi agent who famously featured in an episode of Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman series, 'Fausta: The Nazi Wonder Woman', played by actress Lynda Day George.
Source : http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/wonder-woman/feature/a829783/wonder-woman-easter-eggs-references/2183