Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman will dive deep in to the background of its titular character after her introduction in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Promotion for the movie had been relatively slow for the past months, but now that we are less than a month away from it hitting theaters, marketing is ramping up.
Just a few days ago, we received a heart-pounding new trailer that gave us a better idea of the movie's tone. Now, Warner Bros. has released yet another TV spot. Check it out:
This new advertisement is comprised mostly of things we have already seen, but worry not, because there's still something very interesting to pick up. The spot provides us with an explanation for how Wonder Woman got the civilian identity of Diana Prince.
Right before the spot ends, Steve Trevor's asked who Wonder Woman is. The heroine is quick to proudly respond: "Diana, Princess of Themyschi—" At that moment, Trevor cuts her off. In order to avoid her real identity being discovered (because things have already gotten pretty mysterious with her carrying a giant sword around), he puts together the civilian name fans have been familiar with for so many years, as he finishes:
"Prince. Diana Prince."
Hmm, who would have thought? Steve Trevor is partially responsible for the reveal from Batman v. Superman, when it's finally made clear (to non-comic book nerds like us) who Gal Gadot is playing.
Now, because this is a comic book adaptation, you may be wondering...
Is This Origin Comic Book Accurate?
The answer is, no, it's not. This is actually a big departure from her comic book roots. Originally, Wonder Woman met a lady named Diana Prince in the 1940s who looked remarkably similar to her. The heroine saw her crying and asked her what was wrong. Prince explained that her fiancé, Dan White, had been shipped to South Africa and she had no money to go with him.
Wonder Woman, in need of a secret identity, paid the lady a large sum of money so she could accompany Dan, in exchange for her credentials. And that's when the heroine started to go by "Diana Prince" among humans.
Unlike other comic book storylines, this backstory wouldn't have been too difficult to translate to live-action. However, that doesn't erase the fact that Patty Jenkins' adaptation of Wonder Woman's human identity is great on its own.
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I like the fact that Steve Trevor came up with it on the fly to avoid explaining to people he was hanging around with an Amazon goddess to stop the God of War himself. It was a subtle, funny and clever explanation for the name. Hopefully, the film continues with that same kind of vibe and witty nature, which, going by the trailers, seems to be the case.
Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, 2017.