One of the best parts about a film as layered and detailed as Wonder Woman is the fan theories that evolve from it. As the film continues to impress us and inspire equality and empowerment, it also inspires fans to look for unique and exciting things others may have missed. Did Diana actually hear Steve's last words? Did the film hint at the origins of Batman's nemesis, Bane? These four fans developed intriguing theories that will change how you saw #WonderWoman. WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Wonder Woman.
1. The Magic Is In Diana, Not Her Weapons
What is the extent of Diana's power? Does she pass that strength on to the tools she uses? This viewer speculates that, beyond being superpowered herself, Wonder Woman may also have the ability to empower otherwise normal weapons:
I think the lasso is the only piece of equipment that is magical on its own. The bracers she seems to have been wearing since she was a kid and nobody seems to have a clue they are going to make a magic shockwave. Her nifty sword is destroyed but she has another to cut Doomsday. She's the only one who uses them or her shield. I think she's channeling her divine power through them. Rather then being themselves magical as I assumed from watching 'Dawn of Justice.'
This theory is not a difficult one to swallow. Wonder Woman is a god after all, and the extent of her abilities seem to be unmeasured in their entirety. It may be that Diana's touch imbues any weapon or object with the strength needed for combat against superhuman and godly foes.
2. Diana Never Actually Heard Steve's Last Words
This heartbreaking theory takes a look at Steve and Diana's final moments in a way few would have stopped to consider. Did Diana ever hear what Steve last said to her, or has she since created her own idea of what she thinks he said? One fan thinks that Steve's last words were meant to be heard only by the audience, not Wonder Woman:
When we see Diana's "flashback" to what Steve said, I took it as her remembering and clarifying what he said and really "listening" for the first time. But upon rewatch I believe that she never heard him at all. [The] flashback wasn't a clarification to herself of what Steve said; it was a reveal to the audience what Steve said to Diana when she couldn't hear him and she never got his last message. He ran to her direction before she had ammo thrown at her by Ares and couldn't hear–– but Steve could hear perfectly fine, meaning he wasn't close enough to hear that she got blasted so loud she was temporarily deaf.
I just rewatched the first scene [where we see Steve talk to Diana] and she keeps acting like she can't hear, and we can hear the diegetic sounds–– if she didn't hear the first time, she couldn't have just heard it through memory recall. The first time we see Steve talk to her, Steve gives her the watch [and] we don't hear "I love you" but we hear the loud explosions [instead].
In the flashback, she says "What are you saying?" when he starts talking to her, but then she says "What? Whatever it is, I can do it" and then he says "I'll save the day, you save the world" and she says, again, "Wait, what are you saying?" Her facial expressions show she can't understand him, especially when she points her head down as if to direct her ear closer to hear. Steve has no idea she just got blasted with ammo and can't hear that well, we know that much. When he turns away the muted sound effect of deafness goes away gradually and she yells "Steve!?" almost like she's asking where he's going when he climbs onto the plane.
I mean, she's inspired by Greek gods and it would be a Greek tragedy if she never got to hear his final words to her. [In my opinion] the flashback was to show [that] tragedy to the audience.
Could viewers be privy to both sides of a moment that the characters themselves did not experience in its entirety? If so, this gave the film an element of tragedy that is truly harrowing, while also providing deeper insight into Diana's character.
3. The Origin Of Bane's Venom
It is no secret that there is greater plan for the DC cinematic universe, with foreshadowing and clues to future events being present in all of the films. While these teasers are usually unmistakable — like Diana's lost photograph or her discovery of the metahuman files in #BatmanvSuperman — one viewer saw the origin of a #Batman villain lightly hinted at in Wonder Woman:
During this movie, as a red herring of sorts, we see Dr. Maru giving Ludendorff an inhalant that appears to make him stronger including right before his fight with Wonder Woman. There is very little good reason for these scenes, other than to poorly misdirect the viewer, and there could have been better ways of doing so than by cryptic, unexplained chemical inhalant. Which leads me to suspect that the chemist has developed and is supplying Ludendorff with an early version of the drug which will later be known in the DC universe as Venom.
As Dr. Maru survives the film, it seems feasible that she, or her research, might still be active in Germany during WWII and that following that war many Nazi party members fled Europe. It is a reasonable leap from there that some of them may have sought shelter in the corrupt island nation of Santa Prisca (birthplace of Bane) and brought with them the secrets of the drug.
Though the theory may be so subtle as to be unbelievable, it can't be completely discounted. If Bane ends up making an appearance in the DC cinematic universe down the line, this very well could lend itself to be part of his origin and more closely intertwine the films together. More relevant to the here and now, it would justify the use of an otherwise poorly employed red herring in Wonder Woman.
4. The Amazons Are Watching US
For a colony of women supposedly isolated from the rest of the world, the Amazons seem to be pretty knowledgeable about us. Though many may have overlooked this detail, one fan suggests that the residents of Themyscira aren't as far off the grid as we thought. In fact, they may have been (and still are?) spying on us.
In 'Wonder Woman,' Diana speaks many languages fluently, explaining that they speak hundreds of languages on Themyscira. However, the island was made by Zeus long before many of the languages she speaks existed in their current forms. This implies that the Amazons are somehow keeping up with the modern world, either through spies or some sort of magical viewing techniques.
This makes sense, as they are supposed to be looking for Ares in order to eventually destroy him. Wonder Woman herself is unaware that WWI is going on, but it's established that her mother is protecting her; reluctant to let her train and not informing her that she's a demigod destined to fight Ares. It is reasonable to assume the queen forbids anyone of informing Diana about the outside world lest Diana [would] want to join in the battles.
It is feasible that over the course of history, Amazons would have ventured out into the world of man, returning with updated knowledge to be better prepared for when they face Ares. However, if someone were to leave Themyscira, would they be allowed to return? For Diana, her mother made it clear it was a one-way trip. Did she make an exception for spies in her employ?
What are your Wonder Woman theories? Share your thoughts in the comments below!