One of the most hotly-anticipated movies of 2017, Wonder Woman will present the backstory of Gal Gadot's already iconic Wonder Woman. The movie is set against the backdrop of a world gone mad, with Chris Pine's Steve Trevor crash-landing on the shores of Themyscira. But details of the film's overarching plot are still sketchy, and we haven't even been given official confirmation on the identity of the movie's main villain. Now, though, a tantalizing photo revealed to EW may have revealed a lot more than you think...
Here's The Photo!
DC fans will know at a glance that the sword in question is known as the God Killer. Director Patty Jenkins described this scene to EW:
“This is her moment. She’s heard all the terrible things about man’s land. But she’s also heard that mankind is in need and under duress. This is her great moment to make the decision to be the one to try and save them.”
The God Killer is perhaps one of the most powerful weapons in the original DC Comics universe. Traditionally associated with the assassin Deathstroke, it's a mystical blade that was forged by Hephaestus in order to kill an old foe of Olympus, the Titan named Lapetus. It seems that, in the #DCEU, the blade has long been held by the Amazons.
Enchanted by the gods, this sword is possessed with a consciousness of its own, and can at times influence its bearer. The comic book version can actually change shape depending on the needs of the moment, and has taken on the form of everything from a bo staff to a cat o'nine tails!
Why The God Killer?
Fans of Wonder Woman have long believed that the main villain of the movie, Danny Huston's German officer, is actually the god of war, Ares. It would fit perfectly with the overarching narrative: Wonder Woman is introduced to the First World War as the "war to end all wars," and in mythological terms the god of war would certainly be associated with that!
Most significantly, though, Wonder Woman's decision to steal the God Killer raises an intriguing question. Why steal the God Killer, unless you were going to battle a god? In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman famously declared that she's killed gods before — and this is the weapon with which to do so. With the inclusion of the God Killer, fans can be pretty certain Ares is indeed the main villain — not least because the trailers have already shown our hero approaching Huston's character and reaching for her blade!
Beyond 'Wonder Woman'
But this also raises intriguing questions for the future of the DCEU. The God Killer is traditionally associated with the assassin Deathstroke, to be played by Joe Manganiello in Justice League and The Batman. Is it possible that the movies will mimic the comics, and that Deathstroke will ultimately acquire the God Killer?
Let me be clear, to give Deathstroke — a feared assassin — access to this weapon is to truly make him a threat beyond compare. With this blade Deathstroke could kill Superman. He wouldn't just be an assassin, he'd be the ultimate assassin, one of whom even Batman should be wary. If DC Film does indeed choose to take this route, then we can expect Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke to become increasingly important to the future of the DCEU.
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It's funny how a single photo can raise so many intriguing possibilities! The inclusion of the God Killer has seemingly confirmed the identity of Wonder Woman's greatest foe and also teased what could be a major arc in the future DCEU. I can't wait to see how this plays out!
Do you think Ares is the main villain of 'Wonder Woman'?
(Source: EW, Poll Image Credit: Warner Bros.)