Wonder Woman Writer On Why It's Appropriate For The Film To Be Set During WWI

When Wonder Woman hits the silver screen this weekend, fans of her comic book lore may notice that the titular character’s origin has been tweaked. While the character was originally created during World War II and her origin reflecting as such, moviegoers will find out that the story takes place during the events of the first World War instead.

While helping promote the film, screenwriter Allan Heinberg spoke to the change.

“We are in a very WWI world today with nationalism and how it would take very little to start a global conflict,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “The machine gun was a new invention. Gas was used for the first time. New horrors were unleashed every day.”

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Heinberg didn’t bother elaborating much on what he meant by saying we lived in a “WWI world today,” although one could put two and two together by flipping on their television and watching the news for a mere five minutes.

The world is quickly changing — perhaps faster than ever before — and for that reason, it made since to doctor the origin of Wonder Woman.

Created in All Star Comics #8 (1941), Diana of Themyscira was originally depicted fighting the Axis military forces alongside the Allies in World War II. Since her original comic debut, the character has been altered to reflect more of a Greek mythology-related background.

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins, from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg & Geoff Johns, story by Heinberg & Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner and David Thewlis.

Wonder Woman opens in theaters June 2, 2017.

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