Warning! Spoilers for Wonder Woman lie below!
Wonder Woman is no stranger to heroism, and the Amazon princess made that known to moviegoers this weekend. The iconic DC character marched into cinemas with her first live-action standalone, and the praised film has only garnered love from those who’ve seen it. Filled with compassion and action-packed fights, Wonder Woman strove to please DC fans with a few well-placed easter eggs. And, now, fans of Superman: The Movie are geeking out over Wonder Woman’s direct nod to the film.
Over on Twitter, fans have started to point out Wonder Woman’s clear-cut nod to Superman: The Movie. In the film, fans watch as Diana Prince and Steve Trevor walk through London after leaving the island of Themyscira. The pair are tailed by German operatives who eventually corner them with guns in an alley. After Steve antagonizes one of the henchmen, one baddie tries to shot Steve, but Diana stops the bullet with her gauntlets before kicking some human butt.
For fans of Superman: The Movie, Diana’s interference should be a familiar one. The 1978 classic introduced Christopher Reeve’s take on the Kryptonian hero, and one of its defining scenes saw Clark Kent stop a bullet in an alleyway. Superman defends Lois Lane from a mugger who shoots at the couple when negotiations go south. Clark catches the bullet and swats it away, saving Lois and revealing his heroic nature to all.
The two scenes are clear references to one another given their actions, framing, and even outfitting. Both Wonder Woman and Superman wear similar outfits in the scenes. Clark is shown in a hat, glasses, and a grey coat; Diana dons a rounded hat, spectacles, and a flowing overcoat at well. Director Patty Jenkins made sure the nod would be overt enough for fans to notice, and her love for Superman: The Movie only solidifies the scene’s easter egg origins.
In a previous Q&A attended by ScreenRant, Jenkins told fans that the 1978 classic hugely influenced her take on Wonder Woman. “I’m here because of Superman. I’m here because when I saw Superman 1 as a kid, it rocked my world, you know, and I was Superman,” she explained.
“I was that little boy. And I took that ride and that journey… What Star Wars did for some people, Superman did for me.”
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Joining Gal Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder and Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.
The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, Wonder Woman.