There's only a few months until the release of the #DCEU's first female solo movie, #WonderWoman. As with every #comicbook-based movie, we know the characters fairly well already, but it's worth catching up on the main protagonists of this Amazonian adventure. Do you know who Ares is? How well do you know Diana's family tree?
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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 she doesn't know that, 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, #SteveTrevor 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.
We already know he was stealing the formula to a powerful chemical weapon when his plane gets shots down, which is how he meets Diana. His romance with the Amazon princess might also be strongly linked to her desire in modern day to move on from this period in her life, though we're still crossing fingers that Steve will make it to the end of Wonder Woman alive.
- 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 on the front line 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, she's Steve Trevor's bubbly 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: CGI
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, Ares thrives on conflict and disorder. It's very much likely that he was responsible for the start of World War I in the movie, prompting Wonder Woman to intervene — and his presence also explains why Diana steals the God Killer sword from her native island. Unless another actor gets added to the cast list, Ares should be CGI.
General Erich Ludendorff
- Played by: Danny Huston
General Ludendorff truly existed, and was one of the German leaders during World War I. Played by Danny Huston, he appears as Wonder Woman's main enemy in the trailers — though we now know he's nothing but a pawn in the game of the gods. Still, his battle with Diana promises to be epic.
- Played by: Elena Anaya
Ludendorff's sidekick, Doctor Poison might also have direct ties to Ares and is a classic Wonder Woman villain. Her inclusion in the World War I context makes total sense: It seems like she's devising a chemical weapon for the Germans, but Steve Trevor steals the formulas — and that's when his plane gets shot down above the Atlantic.
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