If you haven’t been reading comic books for the last few years, then you may only know Wonder Woman aka Diana of Themyscira as the Amazonian Princess with the twirly costume changes, ballistic jewelry and invisible jet. But when DC Comics did their New 52 reboot a few years back, they made one major change to Wonder Woman’s origin: She was now a god. More precisely: she was a demi-god, the half-immortal offspring of head honcho Greek god Zeus and her Amazonian mother Hippolyta.
That “demi” status didn’t last too long though, as Wonder Woman engaged in a long-running war with members of the Greek pantheon, with the end result being [COMIC BOOK SPOILERS] her killing Ares, the Greek god of war, and taking his place in the pantheon. Yes, Wonder Woman is the new god of war.
Whether her godly status will be used in the upcoming Batman v Superman (in which actress Gal Gadot will debut the character) or in the solo films set to arrive later, is unclear, but a set of new rumours certainly seem to be hinting at this quite heavily. Both come from Heroic Hollywood’s usually reliable scooper Umberto Gonzales, with the first claiming that with the Wonder Woman film set to start production in London, Warner Bros are now narrowing in on the cast and have tapped both Sean Bean and Eva Green for the roles of the main villains.
Green is believed to be playing the evil sorceress Circe, one of Wonder Woman’s arch-nemeses from the comics, who basically has the godly magical powers to rewrite reality to her whim. If you’ve ever seen Green work her magic in Penny Dreadful and 300: Rise of an Empire, then you know that this casting could not be more perfect.
But it’s the appropriateness of Sean Bean’s casting that is the most interesting here, as Heroic Hollywood claim that he’s been tapped to play god of war Ares. And as everybody on the internet knows: Sean Bean always dies in his movies! So could we be seeing Wonder Woman killing Ares at some point in the movie and taking his powers? When you tie in the second rumour about the film, then this makes even more sense.
Previously we had heard that the plan for the Wonder Woman solo movies was to have the first film take place during the 1920’s (which was a critical time for women’s rights in America), with respective sequels then being set in WWII and modern day. Heroic Hollywood claims that this is not the case though:
Last fall, Bleeding Cool did a story saying the Wonder Woman standalone film will take place during the 1920s with later sequels taking place during World War II and then modern day. Well, according to my sources here in Hollywood that is not exactly true.
The latest rumor I am hearing is the first half of Wonder Woman standalone film will actually take place during World War I. Again, World War I not II. The second half of the film takes place during modern day.
As Heroic Hollywood also points out, it’s rumoured that Wonder Woman is over 200 years old when we first meet her in BvS, so based on that, here’s my theory: That modern day second half time jump comes after Wonder Woman has killed Aries and becomes the God of War, so as to eventually take on the almost omnipotent Circe in modern times (maybe after Circe goes to ground?). This last bit would happen after the events of BvS so that the timelines all mesh nicely.
Now it must be noted that even Heroic Hollywood claims that no official offers have been made to Bean and Green yet, that this is still quite early in talks, but with the production start date just two months away, you can probably expect some confirmation soon. Also – and this may just be biased since I came up with it – but this theory just makes logical sense. It fills in all the gaps in Wonder Woman’s chronology, gives her godly powers, serves as an introduction into the DC Cinematic Universe’s more mythological/magical side and would just be plain freaking awesome to see.
Wonder Woman is being directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) and is scheduled for release on June 23, 2017. We’ll see Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman on our screen before then though in Batman v Superman on March 25, 2016.
Last Updated: September 14, 2015