Wonder Woman's Surprising Role in Greek Mythology in the DCEU Revealed

When fans go see Wonder Woman in June, they're going to see a lot of things. They'll see a World War I epic, encapsulating the first time the world was at war. They'll see some gender stereotypes bent, with a female lead in a mainstream comic book superhero movie for the first time in the modern era and a man that acts as the love interest. They'll see that superhero epic. But they'll also see a film steeped in Greek Mythology, with the gods of old very much present in the film, and not just because Ares is the eventual big bad.

In the movie, we'll learn of why the Amazons were created by the goddess Aphrodite, who, at the behest of Zeus, makes these warrior women not just to combat Ares, but to bring a message of "peace in the world and love in the heart of humankind," going against Ares' message of destruction, ComicBook.com and other journalists were told during a set visit. However, this doesn't work forever, as Ares enslaves the Amazons and begins killing off the other gods. Zeus creates Themyscira to save and isolate the Amazons, led by Hippolyta, who manages to break Ares hold.

All of this is told to young Diana, who learns that Zeus, the father of the gods, was then killed by Ares for his trouble, but not before "leaving behind a gift, a godkiller left to the Amazons." In the story, Diana is told that the sword her mother the queen keeps hidden in a chamber with ornate spiral designs is the godkiller - but it's actually Diana herself. Yes, they'll be using a version of her modern New 52 origin, and Diana is a demi-god, the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta.

"She is the weapon that can kill Ares, not the sword. She doesn't know her destiny, but there's a growing warrior spirit inside of her."

Indeed, the blast she's seen as capable of generating in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn't come from her enchanted bangles, it comes from within Diana herself, part of her godly gift, far beyond the powers of other Amazons. When she discovers that power, it's the start of her true journey in discovering what kind of hero she wants to be and can be in the film.

Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Diana, Princess of Themyscira, is in post-production now for a June 2, 2017 release.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers...and her true destiny.

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