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Wonder Woman 1984 Slipped A DC Comics Reference Right Past You

Wonder Woman 1984 is packed with references to the first movie, Diana's history, and the DC Extended Universe at large, but the sequel may have included an obscure reference for DC comics fans as well.

In the movie, Diana visits a jewelry store that's a front for storing ancient artifacts. The jewelry store's name? Koslov Bros. Jewelers. If the name Koslov doesn't immediately bring to mind any major DC characters, don't worry — there are two Koslovs in the DC universe, but neither of them have made their way into the DCEU.

Given just how under the radar the two characters named Koslov are, it's entirely possible that the store's name was a coincidence, but it's far more fun to think a DC superfan slipped in a reference to one of the comic books' most twisted villains (or, far less likely, to Ted "Wildcat" Grant's boxing competitor, who appeared in just one issue of The Brave and the Bold, according to Den of Geek).

Random boxing competitor aside, if Koslov Bros. Jewelers is a reference to anyone it's to Colonel Koslov, a despicable man who tortured Batman and Superman in World's Finest #192-193.

Wonder Woman 1984 may have included a reference to the diabolical comic book villain Colonel Koslov

While Wonder Woman never tangled with Koslov in the comics, the leader of Lubania's secret police infamously put Batman and Superman through their paces over the course of two issues of World's Finest in 1970. The deeply anti-American colonel hatched a plan to replace Superman with a Lubanian spy who could learn America's secrets and bring them back to his home country.

Ultimately, Koslov ends up capturing not only Superman, but also Batman. He then traps them in a labor camp where they're starved, used as falcon bait, and forced to carry boulders. In the end, the heroes escape and Koslov is imprisoned in his own labor camp, but as comic book arcs go, this one was aggressively bleak.

It's also absent of jewels or any significant artifacts that would tie Koslov to a jewelry store. But hey, not every comic book reference has to be literal. Above all else, Koslov excelled at playing mind games, and Diana goes through her share of mental pain in Wonder Woman 1984.

Whether the store's name was a mere coincidence or a symbolic reminder of Diana's own inner turmoil, it seems Wonder Woman 1984 may have given comic book readers a truly deep cut reference to discover in the sequel.