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Ready Player One’s trailer references Overwatch, Battletoads and the Joker

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From Street Fighter to the Iron Giant

Ready Player One is a book built around references.

It’s unsurprising that Ready Player One’s trailer also plays into author Ernest Cline’s obsession with the nostalgia for relics of pop culture past. Unlike Cline’s book, however, the trailer taps into entertainment and games of more recent years to help liven up the atmosphere. Although the inclusion of numerous references Cline makes in the book have become subject to debate over how integral they are to the story, when translated to film, it’s kind of cool to see popular characters from different franchises mingling with one another. Fan fiction! It’s popular for a reason.

Overwatch’s Tracer and a character from Gearbox Software’s Battleborn can both be seen in the trailer, along with a couple notable characters such as Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft and Batman’s Joker standing opposite Harley Quinn. For those who love to spend their days catching Easter eggs and references to other media, the Ready Player One trailer was a treasure chest of opportunity. Here are some of the best references that people found.

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Ryu from Street Fighter joins the race with the Mach 5 from Speed Racer, Interceptor from Mad Max and Batmobile from the 1966 Batman TV show
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The DeLorean from Back to the Future. Wade’s also wearing a Thundercats belt buckle.
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This is either Deadpool or DC’s Deathstroke.
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(L to R): Blanca from Street Fighter and Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft.
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Ready Player One’s Akira-inspired motorbike, jumping past the Bigfoot monster truck with a Robocop Delta City poster in the background.
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Kong from King Kong.
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Wade rallies the troops in this homage to Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything, but not with the Toshiba RT-SX1 used in that film.
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This motorcycle looks like it was inspired by Akira ... or Tron.
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(L to R): Joker and Harley Quinn.
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(L to R): Lara Croft is hidden in the back toward the left. We can also see Overwatch’s Tracer and Street Fighter’s Chun-Li up front.
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Also joining the fight: the Battletoads, ostrich warriors from Joust and ... is that El Dragón from Battleborn?!
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Chucky from Child’s Play.
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The RX-78-2 Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam
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The Iron Giant
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This is just the beginning. We’ll get plenty more trailers and TV spots before the movie is released, so keep your mind sharp and your beloved genre properties close to your heart.

Ready Player One will be released on March 30, 2018.