Although she maintains a secure status as a primary member of the DC Trinity, Diana Prince's rogues gallery arguably isn't quite as dense as Batman's or Superman's. Having said that, she still has a few iconic foes -- all of whom could've made great antagonists for Patty Jenkins' first Wonder Woman movie. With that in mind, it raises a question: why did the film opt for Ares? According to comments made by Jenkins in the Wonder Woman home release's special features, she had to use the God of War because he's the quintessential Wonder Woman villain, saying:
This rationale certainly seems to make sense when we look at the history of the modern comic book movie genre. Tim Burton's Batman used The Joker, Richard Donner's Superman used Lex Luthor, and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man used Green Goblin. It's important to use these arch villains because their stark contrasts to the heroes help define the protagonists, and their franchises as a whole. By introducing Ares and establishing a particular outlook on humanity's inclination towards conflict, Wonder Woman simultaneously manages to give audiences a great bad guy and a sharp definition of Diana's personality -- which includes her hope, desire for peace, and preparedness for war.
Aside from the logic of using Ares in the first Wonder Woman movie, it's worth remembering that other classic Wonder Woman villains can always show up in the sequel. Bad guys (and girls) like Cheetah (possibly the only other baddie who can rival Ares in popularity), Doctor Psycho, and Giganta are all waiting in the wings now that Diana has received a proper introduction into the live-action DC landscape. Patty Jenkins is already gearing up to dive back into this world with Gal Gadot when Wonder Woman 2 hits theaters on December 13, 2019, so it's anyone's guess as to who Diana will face off against now that Ares has been dealt with.
Wonder Woman is now available on Digital HD, and the film's Blu-ray release will hit shelves (opens in new tab) on September 19. As for Diana Prince's next adventure in the world of DC heroes, make sure to watch for her when Justice League debuts in theaters later this year on November 17.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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