General Erich Ludendorff

Actor Danny Huston already has some experience bringing comic book bad guys to life, as it was only a few years back that he wound up portraying William Stryker in 2010's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. After that film, Wonder Woman will have Huston playing another military figure in a period piece... but the part of General Erich Ludendorff should prove to be very different from the last time we saw the actor in the genre.

Rather than being just a simple comic book villain, General Erich Ludendorff was actually a real person who lived during World War I, serving with the Germans. In fact, he was famously a prominent figure after the war and the German loss, perpetuating that the defeat was a result of poor German nationalism rather than an underperforming military effort (an ideology that kept the nation in serious trouble for decades to come). We can't really say at this point how much this true life material will ultimately influence the character and his portrayal in the Wonder Woman movie, but one thing is for certain: he is very anti-peace.

From what we learned on set, General Ludendorff is a close associate of the aforementioned Dr. Maru in Wonder Woman, and the two are working together on the mission to release a cloud of poison on innocent European populations. In addition to helping with strategy, we also learned that Ludendorff will have the opportunity to act as a heavy for at least a portion of the movie, as Maru designs special drugs that wind up giving Ludendorff enhanced abilities (for example, as seen in a clip from the movie, he has the strength to crush a pistol in his hand like it were made of chalk). We can definitely expect a serious showdown between him and the titular heroine.

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