‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is obviously set in the year 1984 and co-star Pedro Pascal convinced director Patty Jenkins and the cast to pay tribute to an iconic film from that period, ‘The Breakfast Club’. In a photo that Pascal seemingly accidentally posted on Twitter, and later deleted, the WW gang embodies the eclectic students of Shermer High School. Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot is of course “The Princess,” Claire Standish played by Molly Ringwald. Though Chris Pine strikes me as more of a jock, he sits in for “The Brain,” Brian Johnson, played by Anthony Michael Hall. Pascal takes the place of Emilio Estevez’s repressed “Athlete,” Andrew Clark. Kristen Wiig, who plays The Cheetah, Barbara Minerva, is “The Basketcase,” Allison Reynolds played by Ally Sheedy. Jenkins herself replaces “Criminal” John Bender, played by Judd Nelson.
Check out this side-by-side comparison:
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‘The Breakfast Club’ poster is one of the most memorable of all time, partially due to the fact that most movies have multiple posters and not just one iconic image. The original poster was shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz toward the end of filming after the group had bonded.
Pascal gathered the cast for a photo for his own personal collection, but because he accidentally posted it online, some came for him, accusing him of ripping of the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ cast who also invoked the classic John Hughes film in two photos:
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In these, Tom Holland sits in for Brian the Brain, Jacob Batalon replaces Bender the Criminal (or “Rebel” in the poster), Tony Revolori is Andrew the Athlete (“Jock” in the poster), Zendaya is Basketcase or “Weirdo” Allison and Laura Harrier takes the place of Claire the Princess.
It’s no secret that director Jon Watts intentionally drew from Hughes’ work, which includes some of the most iconic teenage films of all time. He even overtly recreated the famous backyard chase sequence from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’. (Ferris Bueller attended Glenbrook North High School, which happens to be at 2300 Shermer Road in Shermer, Illinois, the fictional Chicago suburb where nearly all of his movies were set. The characters from ‘Weird Science’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’ also attended Shermer High along with the Breakfast Club, meaning there were two Molly Ringwalds and three Anthony Michael Halls running around at the same establishment.)
Pascal’s photo was just meant to be a personal memento that paid tribute to ‘Wonder Woman 1984”s time setting. And considering what a fan Watts is of the Hughes films, it was natural for him to pose the ‘Spider-Man’ cast in the same positions. It’s not like either of them created the original film or were the first to try and recreate the iconic poster.
Hell, ‘Texas Chainsawn Massacre 2′ did it in 1986, just one year after Hughes’ film came out:
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ swings back into theaters on July 5, 2019. ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ timewarps in on November 1, 2019.