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Lilly Aspell (Young Diana) performed all the required physical stunt work herself at the age of 12, because it was deemed that she did the job better than her own stunt doubles.
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Gal Gadot's family and Patty Jenkins's son have a cameo at the end of the film: Gadot's elder daughter and Jenkin's son throw a snowball at her, and Gadot's younger daughter and husband appear on the carousel.
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In Greek mythology, the Amazon Asteria was one of those slain by Heracles when he came to Themyscira to take Hippolyta's girdle as one of his famous Labors. Asteria is also the name of the Greek goddess of stars.
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Asteria's gold armor is based on the armor Wonder Woman wears in Alex Ross graphic novel "Kingdom Come." Ross commented in an interview that he was upset the studio didn't compensate him for using his design in other media besides comics.
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As first reported by Variety, actress Gal Gadot was paid $10 million for this film (which she also produces) - 33 times more than what she made on the first film, Wonder Woman (2017) ($300,000).
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The role of Cheetah was first offered to Emma Stone but she declined. The role was then offered to Kristen Wiig, Patty Jenkins's first choice.
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The Dreamstone is made of citrine quartz. Citrine has long represented prosperity and wealth, and has been referred to as the "merchant's stone" or "money stone".
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Among the photos in Diana's apartment is one of her with an elderly Etta Candy. The woman in the photo is actually Lucy Davis made up to look old.
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When Diana, Steve and Barbara visit the shaman, Diana deduces that the dreamstone was created by Dolos, a god of evil mischief whom she describes as a duke of deception. In the Wonder Woman comic book, the Duke of Deception was a recurring super-villain in the early days (1940s) of the Wonder Woman comic. He was a servant of the god of war, Mars (Ares).
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In the montage early in the film featuring 80s Washington DC, several teenage girls shoplift a pair of sunglasses from a store called Commander Salamander. This was a real store in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC that specialized in new wave and punk attire, becoming a popular local destination throughout the '80s and '90s before it closed in 2010. Its reappearance during filming thrilled local residents who remembered the shop, and was featured in several local blogs and papers.
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Hans Zimmer had previously announced that he would retire from composing for superhero films after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), which featured Wonder Woman's cinematic debut and teamed her up with Batman and Superman, whose films he had already composed scores for. However, he accepted to compose the score for X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), and returned to compose for this film.
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Barbara Minerva (Cheetah) is seen indulging in fur clothing. This is an homage to Priscilla Rich, the first Cheetah (Barbara was the third, and most famous), who enjoyed wearing animal furs and wore a magical fur cheetah costume.
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Diana uses her tiara as a boomerang. This was a feat she performed in Wonder Woman (1975).
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Patty Jenkins and Pedro Pascal based Maxwell Lord's portrayal on stockbroker Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (1987) and Lex Luthor in Superman (1978). Pascal also based his performance on Nicolas Cage.
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Pedro Pascal describes Max Lord as a dream seller: "He encompasses a component of the 1980s culture which is: get whatever you want, however you can, you're entitled to it! It's f***ing greed, of course, and that costs a great deal. But it's also about: How do you be your best self? How do you win? So he's definitely the face of success."
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When Diana takes Steve around the Space Museum, one of the exhibits hanging from the ceiling is the craft that Major Steve Austen crashed, causing him to become The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)
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This film is the first live action appearance of Cheetah. All of her previous appearances were in animated television programs (specifically Challenge of the Superfriends (1978), Justice League (2001), and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)) and direct-to-DVD animated films featuring the Justice League. She was never featured in the 1970s live action television series. She has also been featured as a playable character in Justice League video games starting with Justice League: Task Force for the Super Nintendo in 1995.
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Costume designer Lindy Hemming based Diana's wardrobe on 1980s model/actress Brooke Shields since both are tall and have the same physique.
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At one point, Maxwell Lord's nose starts to bleed. In the comics, Maxwell Lord possesses mind control powers, a side effect of which are severe nose bleeds.
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The film has had seven release dates, the first being December 20th, 2019. Then it was moved up to November 8th, 2019 in order to avoid competing against Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Once it was announced that the 25th James Bond film was to leave its originally scheduled November 1st spot, Warner Bros. moved the film's release up another week, in order to take an extra week advantage. The fourth was when it was pushed back by 7 months to June 5th, 2020 as Warner Bros. realized the success of the first film's June 2nd, 2017 release. The fifth change was made on March 24th, 2020 when it was moved to August 14, 2020 due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. It was again moved to Oct. 2 in June when Warner Brothers shifted its entire schedule of upcoming films. Then in September 2020, it was pushed once more to December 25th, 2020 and released on streaming at the same time.
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Patty Jenkins picked the 80s as the film's setting because she saw it as "the height of Western civilization and society, and so it offers the opportunity to explore how Wonder Woman would deal with the types of villains that come from that era."
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This is Pedro Pascal's second Wonder Woman feature, having previously appeared in the TV-pilot Wonder Woman (2011).
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The symbol of Nuclear Man from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) can be seen on the floor of the mall.
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In a brief shot outside Max Lord's HQ, as police and crowds are running in the background, a motorcycle cop in beige passes right behind Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) as he walks toward the HQ with Diana. The cop is wearing the California Highway Patrol uniform, a homage to the 80s police show CHiPs (1977), which starred Pine's father Robert Pine as Sergeant Getraer.
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Stuart Milligan is credited simply as POTUS and the president's name is never spoken in the film, but the President in 1984 (in real life) was Ronald Reagan. Milligan previously played another famous president, Richard Nixon, in an episode of 'Doctor Who.'
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According to Patty Jenkins, the controversial 'body-swap' was intended to be a reference towards some of the '70s and '80s classics, such as Freaky Friday (1976) and Big (1988).
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The character of Maxwell Lord was based on actor Sam Neill when introduced in DC Comics in 1987.
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The teaser trailer, released in December 2019, features an orchestral cover version of New Order's "Blue Monday", arranged by Sebastian Böhm.
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Part of the film was shot on 70mm IMAX cameras and expand aspect ratio during select sequences.
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A source close to Jenkins described it as a stand-alone film "in the same way that Indiana Jones or [James] Bond films are, instead of one continuous story that requires many installments."
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The 6th film in the DC Extended Universe.
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Maxwell Lord has a son named Alistair in the film. In the comics, he has a daughter named Emma.
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Simon Stagg, Maxwell Lord's business partner early in the film, is based on the DC Comics character of the same name; an unscrupulous businessman who is both adversary and father-in-law to Rex Mason, aka the superhero Metamorpho.
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Gal Gadot jokingly suggested Halle Berry to play Diana's love interest for this film.
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At the start of the film Diana has a news article clipping from 1918 with the headline saying "The Great War Ends!". Also, if you look closely, you can see a picture of General Erich Ludendorff (played by Danny Huston), one of the villains from the previous film.
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The Wrap reported in March 2020 that WB executives were considering releasing the movie directly on streaming instead of theaters due to the health concerns of the Coronavirus. They ended up releasing it on HBO Max and in theaters on Dec. 25 that year.
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Principal photography began on June 13, 2018, under the working title Magic Hour.
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Barbara is Barbara Minerva. Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom.
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Diana's apartment is located in (and was filmed at) the Watergate complex of apartment, office, and hotel buildings in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The complex lent its name to a notorious political scandal: the Nixon administration's bungled attempts to cover up its involvement in the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters housed in the Watergate office building.
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The third film in the WB/DCEU to reference Italy's Ancient Roman past when the Dreamstone is revealed to have caused the disappearance of King Romulus in a whirlwind in 716 B.C. and, in the year 476 A.D. when the last Roman Emperor Romulus Augustlus was assassinated he was reported to have the stone in his possession. In Aquaman the statue of King Romulus appears when Arthur Curry and Mera were in Erice, Sicily to look for Atlan's Trident after finding a map in the Kingdom of the Deserters that led them there. In Shazam! Freddy Freedman references the Romans to Billy Batson.
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This film, a sequel to the first movie, was announced immediately after the release of Wonder Woman (2017).
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Stuart Milligan who plays the President also played President Nixon in the Doctor Who episode 'Day of the Moon'.
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Shortly before the film premiered, Lucasfilm announced that Patty Jenkins would helm Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (2023). At the same time they announced several spin-offs of The Mandalorian (2019), which stars Pedro Pascal.
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In the scene at the Smithsonian's Air & Space Center, Chris Pine has an interaction with someone dressed as an astronaut. In 1984, the original filming model of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) hung from the ceiling just off frame to the right of that scene. Chris Pine played Captain Kirk in three Star Trek films.
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The first DCEU film to be nominated in the Razzies since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
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The movie takes place in 1984, a year before Aquaman/Arthur Curry was born. In reality, Jason Momoa (40) is 6 years older than Gal Gadot (34).
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The film takes place 29 years before Man of Steel (2013).
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The final scene takes place during Christmas time. The film was released in theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day.
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In the scene in Diana's apartment when Steve Trevor looks into the mirror on the wall and sees the face of the man he 'leaped' into is a homage to the TV series Quantum Leap when Sam Beckett would look into a mirror and see who he has leaped into.
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Gal Gadot's makeup was done using only Revlon products.
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The Mall in the film shows a Video Game Arcade, one of the games was Gauntlet, unfortunately it was not released until 1985 a year after this film's title.
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Jerry Lawler appears on the cover of the wrestling magazine that Diana sees in Babajide's place.
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At 151 minutes, this is the sixth-longest DC Comics film, after Zack Snyder's Justice League (242 minutes), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (164 minutes), Watchmen (2009) (162 minutes), Superman Returns (2006) (154 minutes), and The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) (152 minutes each).
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Maxwell Lord's physical appearance and line of work have led many viewers and critics to believe that he is supposed to be a derogatory portrayal of Donald Trump. Patty Jenkins has repeatedly denied these comparisons.
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The song played at the end of the film when Diana is has a conversation with the man Steve Trevor's spirit possesses is "I won't leave you" by Clinton Shorter. The song was previously used in the disaster film Pompeii (2014). Curiously, one of the film's characters in Pompeii, Atticus, is played by fellow WB/DCEU actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who appeared as Killer Croc in Suicide Squad (2016).
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Third film in the WB/DCEU to reference Italy. The first was Aquaman (2018) during the Sicily battle with Black Manta and the second being Birds of Prey (2020) when a young Helena Bertinelli is taken to live and train as the Huntress. Max Lord says to his son Alistair that "Rome was not built in a day".
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Gabriella Wilde's character Raquel, Maxwell Lord's secretary, seems to speak with an Eastern European accent, pronouncing the trilled "r" as well as all plosive consonants ("s", "t", "f", etc.) clearly. This may be a nod to Donald Trump's wife Melania, who is of Slovenian descent.
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Gabriella Wilde's first film role in 6 years, after having last done the film Squatters (2014). Wilde is not a full-time film actress, as she's committed entirely to fashion modeling.
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Chris Pine doesn't show up till the 50 mark.
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The guy that Steve Trevor is possessing is an actor famous for Hallmark movies.
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Like the first movie Diana shows Steve the 80s world. This is a nod to Steve introducing the world to Diana in Wonder Woman 2017.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The Amazon Asteria is played by Lynda Carter, who played Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman (1975).
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Diana and Steve steal a jet to take to Cairo, and Diana uses powers she developed to make the jet invisible. In the comics, Diana owned and flew a plane that could become invisible.
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According to the DC Comics, the Dreamstone originally belonged to the Sandman, the god of dreams, and who was famously the protagonist of the Neil Gaiman comic "The Sandman".

In a homage, when Maxwell Lord wishes to become the Dreamstone, the relic breaks up into floating sand.
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When she and Diana first meet, Barbara mentions she studies cryptozoology. Barbara herself later becomes a cryptid.
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In the final scene when Wonder Woman is talking to the people of the world to renounce their wishes, the score "A Beautiful Lie" from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) is playing in the background.
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Despite having Hans Zimmer compose the score, the scene where Diana leaves Steve Trevor to fly off to Max Lord's base plays the main theme from Sunshine (2007), composed by John Murphy. Murphy will also score the soundtrack of the DCEU film The Suicide Squad (2021).
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There are multiple hints that Kristen Wiig turns into Cheetah earlier in the movie - Diana wears Cheetah print shoes, the soundtrack playing at the reception is Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" which opens with the lyrics 'the animals are winding me up' and 'using my power I sell it by the hour'.
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Although Hans Zimmer scored the movie, the music during the scene where Diana realizes she can fly is Kanada's Death Pt. 2 (Adagio in D Minor) by John Murphy, from the movie Sunshine (2007).
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