Ready Player One is a sci-fi novel from 2011 that takes place in the near future where most of the world has become obsessed with a virtual reality world known as the Oasis. The plot revolves around Wade Watts on his journey to complete a series of puzzles and find hidden Easter Eggs to earn a fortune and free the Oasis from an evil corporation.
Players can create avatars that look like their favorite heroes or villains and use vehicles from their favorite fictional franchises. Want to fly the Millennium Falcon as Deadpool? Want to drive the Batmobile as Han Solo? Anything you want to do can be done. The story is basically a love letter to pop culture, video game, and comic book fans.
Warner Bros. is developing a film adaptation of this book, and with WB in charge, fans can expect loads of Easter Eggs and references of their most popular franchises. In the two trailers that have been released, fans have already spotted a couple of DC, and specifically Batman, related nods. In the second trailer, fans get a clear look at the Joker and Harley Quinn.
This Joker looks like it takes a little bit of everything from the three live-action versions we have seen. The hat is reminiscent of one Jack Nicholson’s Joker would wear, the cut smile and black eyes are straight from Heath, and his shirt is unbuttoned exposing his chest, which seems very Leto-like. Harley looks right out of the game Batman: Arkham Asylum, which makes sense since this movie takes place IN a game.
In the first trailer, in a blink and you’ll miss it moment, you can also see Batman in the 1966 Batmobile around the 41 second mark.
Was there any Batman/DC related Easter Eggs you spotted in the trailer? What other nods would you like to see in the film? Let us know!