The comic book genre is going to undergo a significant shift this summer when Wonder Woman finally hits theaters. As the first major female-fronted superhero movie of the modern age, Diana Prince's (Gal Gadot) solo adventure will represent an important watershed moment for superheroes, and the film industry as a whole. Bits and pieces of the story's narrative have slowly come together over time, and the recent reveal of Ares as the movie's main villain has become one of the biggest and best revelations to date.

Of course, Ares is obviously nowhere near as well known as DC big bads like The Joker or Lex Luthor. To help you make sense of this newly confirmed villain, we have compiled a list of things that you absolutely need to know about him before Wonder Woman hits theaters. First and foremost, let's get you up to speed regarding the long legacy of this particular villain.

He Is One Of Wonder Woman's Oldest Enemies

Right off the bat, it's worth pointing out that Ares is one of Wonder Woman's oldest enemies from the DC comic book lore, and as such he represents the perfect villain choice for her first solo movie. The character's publication history dates all the way back to Wonder Woman #1 in 1942, and he has remained a consistent figure within the Wonder Woman mythos in the years since our favorite Amazonian warrior first debuted. He has arguably become Wonder Woman's most iconic and notable foe over the course of the last seventy-five years -- having appeared in comic books, cartoons, and video games. With that in mind, his appearance in Patty Jenkins upcoming Wonder Woman solo movie serves as a reliable indication that the film is digging into the best corners of Diana Prince's mythology for its source material.

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