Wonder Woman Explained
Wonder Woman Explained

5 things you need to know before watching: Wonder Woman

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Here are 5 crucial things you need to know before watching Wonder Woman. Let’s get excited!

Okay, we’re back for round three of 2017’s superhero films! Set to hit Aussie theatres on the 1st of July, this is DC’s first film for 2017. And boy, if they want to grab the top spot of 2017’s best superhero film, they have a very high bar to pass, set by the successes which were Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Logan. Having said that, the bar is set pretty low if it wants to be the best DC film.

Of all the superhero movies to be released this year, Wonder Woman is the only film starring a female protagonist. Hell, it’s the only bloody movie released in recent history starring a female protagonist (Catwoman and Elektra don’t count because reasons).

But here’s the thing, people know absolutely shit-all when it comes to Wonder Woman. When it comes to the fable Diana Prince, people are just clueless.

Just going to slap this article with a SPOILER WARNING, because while we’re going to be covering the basics of Wonder Woman, I’m going to try and avoid spoilers which may affect the film’s plot.

1 – Who are the Amazons?

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Wonder Woman and the Amazons. Source: Newsarama.

Before talking about Wonder Woman, I need to briefly discuss the Amazons. First thing to note is that the Amazons – and everything related to Wonder Woman – is rooted deep in Greek Mythology, only in so far as the characters are the same.

In 1200 BC a subsection of the Greek Goddesses of Olympus desired to create a nation of warrior women to spread their ideology through the world. They journeyed to the underworld and found the souls of women who had been murdered at the hands of men. The Greek Goddesses revived these women and placed them on the island of Themyscira, therein creating the Amazons.

The first Amazon created was Hippolyta, the first woman killed by a man, and who was crowned the queen of the Amazons. She will be played by Connie Nielsen,

The Amazons are gifted with enhanced intellect, superhuman strength, durability, stamina and agility. They are also skilled warriors, trained in archery, horse-riding, hand-to-hand combat and swordsmanship. They’re also immortal as long as they stay within Themyscira. This means that they can beat both Superman and Batman in a fight. (Shots fired).

2 – What’s Themyscira?

Themyscira is essentially the Amazons’ home base. A paradise island, it is shielded by divine enchantments so it can never be found… unless you’re Chris Pine and you somehow get there because plot devices am I right?

So whenever you hear Diana of Themyscira, it should now be pretty obvious what that means.

3 – Who is Wonder Woman?

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Besides a legend… Source: Nerdist.

So now that you know who the Amazons are and what Themyscira is, we can finally talk about Wonder Woman! This iteration, played by Gal Gadot, first appeared in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman and stole literally every scene she appeared in.

What separates Wonder Woman, whose name is Princess Diana, from the rest of the Amazons is that she’s the only child to have been born to the Amazons. From their creation in 1200 BC to let’s say, the late 19th century, there were no Amazonian children.

When the Greek Goddesses had created the Amazons, taking their souls from the Underworld, they had purposefully left one soul left. That soul was of Hippolyta’s foetus who died when Hippolyta too was murdered. The soul of Hippolyta’s daughter was transferred into a child-shape mould of clay, which Hippolyta was instructed to create. This became Diana, Princess of Themyscira.

And there Diana grows up, trains, becomes an Amazon like everyone else. In the comics, she leaves Themyscira to enter the wider world, as she was chosen to be an Amazon emissary for the Earth.

From what I’ve guessed from the trailers, it looks as if Chris Pine requests that Hippolyta send Amazons to fight against an emerging threat in the First World War. And after Hippolyta responds, potentially telling Steve, “no, bugger off”, Diana sneaks off with Stevey because she knows she can protect the Earth, and the innocent people who stand to be murdered.

4 – Who is Chris Pine playing?

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This guuuuyyyy. Source: Den of Geek.

Speaking of Chris Pine, it’s time to talk about who he’ll be playing in DC’s best movie yet (fingers crossed)! You may remember him from his roles as Fantastic Four’s Human Torch or the Avengers’ Captain Ameri… wait, that’s Chris Evans. Okay well you may remember him from his unforgettable role as Star Lo– wait, wrong Chris again. Thor? Crap.

Oh! You may remember Chris Pine from his role as Captain Kirk in the revived Star Trek series. Here he plays Air Force Officer Steve Trevor, whose past is seemingly intertwined with Wonder Woman’s.

In one iteration of the comics, he was sent on a mission to bomb Themyscira, and after realising that he would be killing innocent civilians, he decided to abort the mission. But in a struggle with his co-pilot the plane crashes. From there Diana rescues Stevey, brings him to Themyscira, and then you can just watch the trailers for the rest.

I’m really hoping that Warner Bros. lets the film stay faithful to the comics because that way you can have some excellent reveals, as well as amazing story-telling.

5 – The Villains

The trailers have only really advertised one villain, Doctor Poison, subtly veering us away from the main and unseen villain.

The original Doctor Poison was a Nazi spy, but given that this film is based during the First World War, we’ll probably see her being a German spy. And yep, you guessed it, she specialises in poisoning her victims.

Her introduction could be used as a great way to tie in the fact that the First World War was rife with chemical-warfare. So maybe we’ll be shown her creating a deadly gas that could kill millions of innocent civilians, yada yada yada.

Now if you don’t want to know who the main villain is, look away! But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

It’s Ares, the God of War. Ares, son of Zeus, becomes more powerful the more war and death there is on Earth. So, is it really surprising that he would have a big hand to play in the ‘War to End all Wars’? He’s known for corrupting and manipulating others to spread violence, and is essentially Wonder Woman’s Lex Luthor.

Now I don’t want to say anymore because that’s really going into the nitty gritty details, which could be the plot for Wonder Woman. In any case, this has been your official guide of what you need to know before watching Wonder Woman. If you have any more questions, leave them down in the comments below and we’ll get onto them ASAP!

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