What the Amazons and Diana Want in Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is bringing Diana, the warrior princess of Themyscira, to the big screen in her first ever solo movie, but it's not leaving her people behind. The majority of the first act of the movie will take place on the hidden paradise island, where we'll learn a lot about the Amazons, their history, and what they actually want to do in the world.

In the film, the Amazons were created by Aphrodite at the behest of Zeus to stop what he saw as the poisoning of mankind's goodness by Ares. That internal family feud drives not just their creation, but the creation of Diana herself, meant to be the ultimate weapon against the God of War. But while war is an intrinsic part of the Amazons, their motivation is actually for peace, Warner Bros. was quick to point out to ComicBook.com on a set visit last year. That message will be explored even more deeply than in the pages of DC Comics, and is central to how Diana views the world of man when she enters it, in the midst of World War I.

"These statuesque, noble warriors are created with a mission to restore peace in the world and love in the heart of humankind," we were told on the visit.

While chatting later in a one-on-one interview with producer Charles Roven, he told ComicBook that the Amazons' message is one Diana carries with her at all times, and it makes her somewhat reluctant to fight; when we get her big moment crossing No Man's Land, we see that she's willing to make war to preserve peace in a paradoxical relationship explored in many war films.

"[The Amazons] were created to help mankind and to be a symbol of all the things you could accomplish without war," Roven explained. "From that standpoint, I think that it's really why we picked that period. Man does have an ability to do horrible things to themselves. It's happened since the dawn of man. If you want to get biblical about it, it's happened since there was Cain and Abel. There was only two guys. One got taken out by the other."

So, Wonder Woman goes out into the world to say - and show - that there's another way. It speaks to the whole dichotomy of Diana and the Amazons, and it won't be shied away from on the big screen.

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.

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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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