Superhero movies are chock full of Easter eggs these days. That's simply something that fans generally come to expect from the genre. Although 2017's Wonder Woman will be the first ever solo movie for Gal Gadot's Diana Prince, that hasn't stopped director Patty Jenkins from throwing in a few amazing references to other legendary silver screen DC characters. In fact, a new tweet has just surfaced online showing that Wonder Woman will pay serious homage to Christopher Reeve's take on the Man of Steel. Check out the post below.
Compared side-by-side in that tweet, it's pretty hard to ignore the similarities. The post examines a brief clip of Christopher Reeve's Superman shielding Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) from a mugger in an alley (which already feels like a Batman homage) in the Superman: The Movie alongside a quick sequence in the Wonder Woman trailer in which Diana deflects an assassin's bullet intended for Chris Pine's Steve Trevor. The GIF plays both of these clips together, and the reference becomes instantly obvious.
Looking at these two sequences, it's very clearly not a coincidence; there's no question that this is an intentional homage. From the brick wall in the background, to the overall color palette of the sequence, to the clothing worn by the characters seems nearly identical. Patty Jenkins clearly knew what she was doing here. If you had even the slightest amount of doubt regarding her status as a DC nerd, wonder no longer. The woman knows the history of the DC mythos on the silver screen, and she clearly isn't afraid to embrace it.
This isn't the first reference to Christopher Reeve's take on Superman in the DCEU. In fact, his version of the Man of Steel has actually become one of the most commonly referenced parts of DC lore in the entire Extended Universe. In Suicide Squad, a character mentioned the possibility of Superman pulling the President right out of the Oval Office -- a reference to General Zod's actions during the events of Superman II.
Additionally, Man of Steel featured an unconfirmed CGI cameo from the original Last Son of Krypton. You can check out a screen grab of that scene below.
What do you think? Is that Christopher Reeve, or are we just seeing things?
Given the DCEU's current tradition of paying homage to bygone eras of superheroes, we definitely expect plenty more Easter eggs and subtle nods to occur when Wonder Woman finally hits theaters. Diana Prince's first solo movie will blast its way into theaters next summer on June 2, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!