Gal Gadot made her debut as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and even though the film was not universally loved, most viewers came out of the theater anxious to see more of her. Lucky for them, 2017 is going to be a big year for Gadot, and as a result, Wonder Woman as well. Wonder Woman is the first DCEU film out the gate this year, but the trailers have left viewers with one big question - who will Wonder Woman be fighting all the way back in World War I?
There has been no shortage of speculation as to who the true villain of the movie could be, but so far no one has come out to confirm or deny those reports. Now, thanks to an interview with Chris Pine that came with new images from the movie, he seemingly confirmed that Wonder Woman will be battling Ares, the God of War.
I play a pilot who works for the Allies and spies on the Germans without their knowledge. My character steals a notebook filled with scientific formulas in an Ottoman base, he steals a plane but is shot down in the open sea.
The magazine went on to summarize the larger plot as well that they appear to have learned from Pine or the set visit:
Behind these scientific formulas, there is a deadly gas that could well annihilate humanity. Now, it turns out that this is precisely the goal of Ares, the god of war. He is jealous of humanity, which is a creation of his father, the deceased Zeus (he was killed by Ares when he rebelled against his son, despite the help of the Amazons)…
It appears that just like with Doomsday in BvS and Enchantress being the villain of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. is once again doing their best to keep the reveal of the villain a secret. That may not be the case any more, but if there had to be another villain plotting around WWI, Ares is a great choice. Not only can he match up to Wonder Woman's abilities, but it is a fitting adaptation to have the God of War be involved in some part of World War I or potentially even being the person responsible for starting it in the first place.
It is important to note that WB or DC have not yet confirmed that this is the case and this news is coming from a translation of an article that is not easily accessible, but with the original source saying they went to set, this is certainly information they could have learned during that visit - regardless of whether they were allowed to share it at this point. Either way, the inclusion of Ares could mean that an actor could be pulling double duty as a regular character and Ares - such as Danny Huston? - or there is a secret cast member that has not yet been revealed.
Regardless of who is going to play him, it is fascinating to know this information now and gives Diana larger motivations throughout the film outside of just helping the first man she ever sees. When it comes time to fight Ares, her wielding the God-Killer should go a long way in making sure she comes out victorious.
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