A Continuity Question Regarding a Cro-Mags Shirt in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Led to Some Intense Online Debate

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Making a movie is hard work — let alone making a movie as anticipated as Wonder Woman 1984, which premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on Christmas Day. For films set in a specific time period, even more responsibility is involved when dealing with continuity, and a split-second scene in the film featuring some extras walking around in “punk” t-shirts featuring Cro-Mags and Bad Brains drew a ton of attention around social media.

The problem, if it can even be considered that big of a deal: One woman is wearing a Cro-Mags The Age of Quarrel shirt, an album that was released in 1986. Wonder Woman 1984, as its title suggests, is set two years earlier.

Some folks were incensed!


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Turns out … nope! This wasn’t actually a mistake, and the furor inspired longtime Cro-Mags vocalist John Joseph to chime in on Instagram. And as he explains, he and Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins go way back:

“Had about twenty people tell me about this. Patty Jenkins Director/Writer (Monster – Wonder Woman etc.) is a good friend since the 80’s – she asked me to send her a Cro-Mag shirt for the new “Wonder Woman 1984” released today. I sent her this “Age of Quarrel” tee-shirt. The original album (black cassette) came out in 1984. Me and Parris (guitarist) paid for the recording. His father owned a pressing plant in Nashville and pressed up the tapes. Here’s some trivia too. – I got Patty her first directing gig. It was for the band Leeway – Three Wishes video. She went to film school in NYC but grew up in DC – is a huge @badbrainsofficial fan too!”

There you have it. Issue quashed, controversy silenced.

Just kidding — it is the internet, after all.

Here’s that music video Joseph mentioned, the Patty Jenkins-directed clip for Leeway’s “Three Wishes”:

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