There's still a long time coming until the release of the DCEU's first female solo movie, Wonder Woman. As with every comic book-based movie, though, we've got plenty of material to speculate on the plot, so it's not like we don't know the Wonder Woman characters fairly well already. While the movies don't always stay faithful to the comics, at least the written versions help us decipher what we've seen so far.
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Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
- Played by: Gal Gadot
There's so much to say about Wonder Woman, who's recently celebrated her 75th comic book anniversary. But let's skip her bondage days (yes, the Amazons found a lot of symbolism in the act of tying each other up) and focus on the essentials: One of DC's most iconic characters, Wonder Woman is born among the Amazons on Paradise Island, also known as Themyscira. Her exact origins vary in the comics, but in the movie, her mother is Queen Hippolyta and her father is Zeus — although he only brought her to life, so like a proper Amazon she's never met a man until Steve Trevor crashes on the island.
Thanks to her divine ancestor, she's got plenty of powers, both in terms of strength and intelligence. Her weapons also make her a strong warrior, from her shield to the Lasso of Truth. But most importantly, she distinguishes herself from grumpier heroes like Batman in that she's got a big heart: She wants to believe in people and do what is right. And while she definitely starts out as a rather naive superhero, she's got a selflessness that facilitates her involvement in conflict.
- Played by: Chris Pine
Further establishing Wonder Woman's status as a feminist icon, Steve Trevor was introduced as Diana Prince's love interest and her mister in distress, as she frequently saves him from perilous situations. An American pilot and intelligence officer during World War I, he first meets Diana when his plane crashes on Themyscira, and she follows him back into the conflict.
- Played by: Connie Nielsen
Queen Hippolyta, Diana's mother and mentor, rules over Themyscira, although her origins vary in the comic books. One element that remains throughout the iterations is the Amazons' conflict with Hercules, who was sent by the God of War, Ares, to defeat them. Their exclusion of men derives from this darker time, but there might be more to why the DCEU's Hippolyta deems men not worthy of the Amazons' protection.
- Played by: Robin Wright
General Antiope is the sister of Queen Hippolyta and her right-hand woman. She helped raise Wonder Woman, and we can already see her in the front lines of the Amazon army.
- Played by: Lucy Davis
Etta Candy starts out in the comics as a candy-loving sidekick to Wonder Woman, fearless and proud of her plump figure, a refreshing alternative to the unrealistically skinny female comic book characters. Later on, her origins are twisted to make her an intelligence officer. In the film, we know she's Steve Trevor's secretary, and we can already tell she's got her characteristic optimism and motivation. Let's hope we can see her become best friends with Diana!
- Played by: Danny Huston
This character description is still surrounded by speculation, as Danny Huston's role hasn't yet been confirmed. But judging from his military outfit and the menacing look he gives Diana, who's walking toward him while grabbing her sword, we can pretty much affirm that he's playing Ares. The God of War is Wonder Woman's biggest enemy: They have equivalent power, but are the exact opposites of each other in terms of ideology. When Wonder Woman believes in truth and love, the God of War thrives on conflict and disorder. What if he was responsible for World War I, prompting Wonder Woman to intervene?
Who's your favorite character in the Wonder Woman movie?
Until we get to know more, brush up on your Wonder Woman knowledge with these 16 facts: