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The next film from the DCEU, Wonder Woman, is set to be released in June and we're finally discovering a few more details about the film. While we've known for a while that Wonder Woman will take place during World War I, exploring the Amazon's iconic origin story, little has been revealed about the role that Ares will play — until now.

The God of War will undoubtedly feed off the carnage in WWI, proving himself to be a formidable villain for Wonder Woman. However, the mystery surrounding the casting of Ares has been one of the best kept secrets in the — at least better than Jason Mamoa being cast as Aquaman. Most people assumed that Ares would be played by Danny Houston, who we see dressed up as a German officer in the trailer, but apparently, those assumptions were dead wrong. Instead, a certain Harry Potter Alumni is set to portray the big bad in and we couldn't be more excited.

David Thewlis Is Ares, God Of War

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Batman News is reporting that they've received confirmation from multiple sources that David Thewlis has been cast as Ares. They also report that the character will be a blend of CGI and practical effects — which is a relief for those who were upset with the CGI debacle surrounding Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's worth noting that Warner Bros. hasn't directly confirmed this casting news, but David Thewlis has been officially involved in Wonder Woman for a while in a mysterious capacity, so this would certainly make sense.

First Look At Ares, God Of War

Thanks to Twitter user Stitch Kingdom and his photo coverage of the 2017 Toy Fair, we've been given our first glimpse at what Ares will look like in Wonder Woman. As far as first looks go, this toy is pretty detailed, providing us with a surprisingly strong portrayal at the God of War which looks like it was ripped straight out of the comic books.

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Cloaked in black, this miniature version of Ares looks suitably ominous and threatening, complete with his classic helmet. We don’t know yet if this figure is to scale, but if it is, Ares will truly a God among men, standing at almost double the size of Wonder Woman — just like the deities in Gods of Egypt.

Wonder Woman Is Shaping Up To Be Great

Wonder Woman [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Wonder Woman [Credit: Warner Bros.]

The Wonder Woman trailer stole the show at Comic-Con in 2016, and the hype around this film keeps building – even if the rest of the DCEU is a mess of rewrites and director-less films. Gal Gadot is the Wonder Woman we all hoped she would be, and her presence in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the best things about that film — besides the Batfleck of course.

The addition of a great actor like David Thewlis, is just another sign that Warner Bros. seem to actually know what they're doing with this film. If Ares really going to be a mixture of practical and CGI, his sheer size on screen is enough to make him a terrifying villain — and it also shows that Warner Bros. has learned a thing or two from the Doomsday controversy.

Warner Bros. has cast a great villain for Wonder Woman, and from the look of it, the studio has remained extremely faithful to the source material, something which will undoubtedly please all the Wonder Woman fanboys out there. Hopefully this film can live up to the hype, and finally put the DCEU in the good graces of nerds everywhere. Wonder Woman comes to a theater near you on June 2, 2017!

Sound Off! What do you think about the casting and the look of Ares? Let your voice be hear in the comments section below!

(Source: Batman News)


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