Of all the superhero movies coming out this year, Wonder Woman ranks high on the list of must-sees. After #GalGodat's well-received performance as the Amazonian princess in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans have been dying to see more.
Over the past several months, we've been treated to some outstanding trailers for the film, yet there was something noticeably absent: the presence of a main villain. Sure, Diana's fight is against men and is about protecting her people's way of life, but a superhero movie doesn't feel quite complete without a menacing super baddie hellbent on world domination. But according to the French publication Les Toiles Héroïques, who posted and translated excerpts from the magazine Studio Ciné Live, Wonder Woman's villain is who everybody pretty much assumed it would be.
Ares The God Of War Is The Antagonist
One of the most formidable opponents in Wonder Woman's Rogues Gallery is Ares (who is technically her brother). Ares is a character taken from Greek mythology, a character obsessed with the chaotic nature and disharmony created through violent war.
Now, take it with a grain of salt until it's officially confirmed by the studio, of course. But according to the translation provided by Les Toiles Héroïques, in the film, Ares is hellbent on the destruction of humanity, but in order to do so he enlists the help of Steve Trevor (#ChrisPine) who is tasked with stealing scientific documents so Ares can create a "deadly gas."
Throughout his comic book history, Ares has been extremely jealous of humanity, as Zeus created them in his own image, so he became obsessed with pitting them against one another through endless war. He was opposed by the Amazonians and eventually retreated to the planet of Mars (in Roman mythology Ares is known as Mars), but regularly making appearances (sometimes using the name Mars) as an enemy to #WonderWoman and other gods and goddesses.
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How Formidable Is Ares?
His powers are impressive, making him a formidable opponent. Due to his status as a god, Ares has superhuman strength, speed, and agility. Through war, death, bloodshed, and other violent means Ares is able to absorb energy to give him extra strength and heal wounds. He can summon support from the underworld and his presence incites anger and hatred in those around him; in addition, he is also immune to injury from mortal weapons and can only be injured by magical ones - now we know why Diana needs that "god killer" sword so badly:
The introduction of Ares into the #DCEU is an exciting one, even if it was rather predictable. There's been no official word on how large a role Ares will play or how much screen time he'll have, but with a force as terrifying as Ares I'm sure he won't disappoint. If you weren't already excited for Wonder Woman (how could you not be?), perhaps this will finally be what draws you in.
Wonder Woman is in theaters on June 2nd.