Back in 2013, the comic book fandom found itself in arms when Man of Steel hit theaters. The long-awaited movie prompted a massive controversy as the film ended with Superman killed General Zod, an action which some fans felt disgraced the DC icon. Since then, the DCEU has found itself scrutinized for every death it brings on-screen, and some wondered if Man of Steel’s violent legacy would in any way affect Wonder Woman. Now, one of the film’s producers is addressing the concern, and he says the controversy did not carry over into Wonder Woman.
Speaking with Collider, Charles Roven recently sat down with the site to talk Wonder Woman. It was there the producer was asked if Man of Steel’s killing critiques made DC Entertainment question Diana’s goal to kill Ares. According to Roven, the controversy was a non-issue for the team since Wonder Woman sets up Ares’ death as a goal of the Amazons.
“Well, we know from the very beginning of the movie that there is one arch villain out there, and that’s Ares,” Roven said. “It is the Amazons’ mission to not only take care of those who can’t take care of themselves but also to rid the world of Ares if he actually exists. And the only way to kill a god is kill the god if you can.”
Continuing, Roven explained, “When you see the film, I think you will be hard pressed to say she actually kills anyone who she doesn’t think is a god.”
As fans can attest to, the Wonder Woman film does not shy away from death. The difficult topic is addressed throughout the film as it tackles both personal and global loss. Diana is forced to deal with the death of a mentor and more whilst the world reels from the Great War’s massive casualties. Unlike Man of Steel, Diana manages to make even widespread death feel like a personal grievance. Her desire to ultimately kill Ares arises since Diana knows her people were born to take that task out of mankind’s hand. In a similar way, Superman chooses to rid the universe of Zod not because he was born to do so but because he is the only one capable.
So, what do you think? Wonder Woman may not be known for her resistance to killing, but does her choice to off Ares compare to Superman’s decision about Zod? Hit us up on Twitter @ComicBook to let us know!
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 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.
Joining Gal Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder and Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.
The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, Wonder Woman.