After both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were met with divisive reactions from both fans and critics alike last year, many DC fans are looking to the upcoming standalone Wonder Woman outing as the movie to help put the DCEU back on track. In terms of things that the film needs to get absolutely right, chief among them is how it manages to approach and explain the mythology behind Diana and her fellow Amazonian warriors.
Diana’s origin story is one of the most beloved from the DC comics, and is notably different and more fantastical than a majority of the other superheroes audiences have seen adapted onto the big screen over the past few years. We know Patty Jenkins and co. are taking from all parts of the character’s history, and new quotes give a better taste of what that may look like.
In a new report from the set of the film, ComicBook reports that while the God Killer sword Diana steals before leaving Themyscira with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) will be integral in her eventual fight against Ares, her ability to defeat the God of War actually comes from within herself. As it turns out, Gal Gadot’s incarnation of the character will indeed borrow from her New 52 origin, as Jenkins revealed that she is indeed the demigod daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta:
“She is the weapon that can kill Ares, not the sword. She doesn’t know her destiny, but there’s a growing warrior spirit inside of her.”
The latest theatrical trailer for Wonder Woman already hinted at an inner power residing within Diana, and it looks like it all has to do with her parentage. In fact, Jenkins confirmed that the blast she’s seen creating in both Batman v Superman and the last Wonder Woman trailer doesn’t actually come from her enchanted bangles, but from within herself. A byproduct of her parents, this ability and inner strength makes Diana far more powerful and fearsome than any of her fellow Amazonian warriors.
Aside from this just being an interesting twist on the usual Wonder Woman origin story, this new inner power that Diana possesses allows for an exciting arc and journey for her to go on throughout the film. The posters and trailers for Wonder Woman so far have focused entirely on the combination of strength and grace that she represents to so many comic book fans and moviegoers, and this new revelation hints that Diana’s battle against Ares will showcase those attributes even more. Whether or not Wonder Woman actually manages to capture that feeling in a powerful manner will have to wait to be seen, of course, but it certainly helps continue to put the film on the right path.