WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Wonder Woman.
The Wonder Woman movie introduces a brand new wave of superhero fans to Diana’s DC Comic history – but some of the movie’s twists and turns may need some explaining. Especially since the Amazon princess is learning the history of her people and their millennia-long feud with the Gods of Olympus. Where DC’s headlining heroine had her mother Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and Themyscira’s fiercest warrior Antiope (Robin Wright) to turn to for insights and explanations, fans of the film have only ourselves. And believe us, with a story this drenched in themes of war, corruption, and man’s lust for power, some of the smaller details are easy to miss.
The worldwide audience got their first glimpse of Wonder Woman’s story in Batman V Superman, so the task of her origin film is to take us all back to the beginning – ideally, showing how the decision and tragedies of her past made her into the hardened warrior she is in the modern era of the DCEU. The movie comes through, showing how Wonder Woman’s story differs from Batman or Superman. And where those films planted seeds for the future of the movie universe, Wonder Woman is showing how it all began.
But if Diana defeats the God of War, why does a future turned away from humanity lie ahead? And if the feud stretches back into ancient history, why only now has Ares launched his final assault? These questions and more are answered in our list of Wonder Woman: Unanswered Movie Questions & DCEU Plot Holes.
Did Zeus Really Create The World of The DCEU?
We doubt that director Patty Jenkins, the producers, or studio would want fans to get caught up in the claim that Zeus actually created all of humanity in the DCEU, and it being presented as a legend or fable (“once upon a time…”) lends some creative license to Hippolyta specifically, and the filmmakers generally. But it is a different creation myth than that of DC Comics, where Zeus was an unpredictable, often surly deity – leaving the spurned women among the gods to create the Amazons. And it may tie into the larger mythology of the DC Universe, with Steppenwolf and Darkseid coming to the movies soon enough.
In the comics, the tale of gods and apocalypse summed up in Norse mythology were actually real gods of the Second World. When war erupted among them, Ragnarok sent a wave of divine energy across the universe, creating the Greek, Egyptian, and other Earthly gods. It then reached the edge of the universe, and bounced back, creating lesser demigods, or ‘metahumans.’ We don’t know if Steppenwolf or other Apokoliptian gods will reveal that same story to our heroes in Justice League, but if so, it looks like Zeus took all the credit for the Second World’s gift.
Why is Wonder Woman’s Armor Special?
After snatching up the Lasso of Hestia, the shield, and Godkiller sword, Diana pauses to gaze at the red, blue, and gold armor stored alongside them. So it remains something of a mystery, leaving fans to come up with their own theories. Obviously, there’s the presence of red (a common color for Hestia, the goddess of the home also responsible for the lasso) and blue (a color associated with the wisdom of Athena), and the golden eagle imagery carried over from the comics – which may be the key. Eagles in Greek mythology have general and specific meaning, from suggesting the dominance, freedom, and ‘higher rank’ of creatures that fly in the skies closer to the gods, to specifically representing the Aetos Dios, the “Eagle of Zeus.”
That eagle was Zeus’s messenger and courier of thunderbolts, which adds new meaning to both Diana’s armor and that of her mother, Queen Hippolyta. Since the queen literally carried the weapon of Zeus, the eagle on her chest has both literal and figurative meaning to the immortal monarch. Given that Diana’s blue and red armor is a perfect fit, and carries over the same designs of her mother’s… perhaps it was always meant for her, whether she knew it or not. Here’s hoping we get some more clarification soon.
The cynics or casual viewers will write off the timing of Ares’s master plan as convenience for the sake of the movie, but truth of it is far more resonant with the themes and plot of the entire story. Yes, Ares could have tried to destroy the world and its people sooner… but destruction was never his goal. Diana believes the story her mother told her, of Ares corrupting Mankind with hate and violence. But as Ares himself explains, his intention was merely to reveal the hypocrisy and lie of Zeus’s love for humanity. He could see their true nature as something far darker, and was determined to show that he had been right all along.
As a result, he never put on a disguise to lead the war, or used his powers to amplify the effectiveness of attacks: he whispered in humanity’s ear, giving them all the opportunities they needed to become the monsters he believed them to be. Drawing that idea out, it’s safe to assume that Ares has been guiding humanity for centuries, if not millennia – all leading to The Great War, when humans finally had the technology capable of killing entire populations. He showed us the way… but allowed us the time to destroy ourselves, as he knew we would.