Patty Jenkins Explains Why Ares Is The Villain Of ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder Woman has her work cut out for her in her first standalone outing as a superhero, and Ares is one of the biggest and baddest opponents that she’s ever faced. Director Patty Jenkins explains why she chose to have Diana Prince face off with her archnemesis in the first Wonder Woman movie.

When asked about Ares, Jenkins revealed that she has something of a “go big or go home” approach to the film. Since this is chronologically the beginning of Wonder Woman’s story, the goal is to start off with a bang.

“I mean I think he’s the biggest villain of Wonder Woman‘s world, and so I think if you’re going to start off big, start off right with the greatest villain.”

Ares won’t be alone, of course, as another villain from the comics (Doctor Poison) will appear in the movie in a supporting role. But still – as far as visual spectacle and threatening presences go, Ares is a good choice to kick-start the Wonder Woman franchise.

Wonder Woman rides into battle on June 2, 2017. Its cast includes Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Chris Pines as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, David Thewlis as Ares, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, and Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff.


10 Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder WomanThere’s a fair amount riding on Wonder Woman, DC’s summer blockbuster, for more reasons than just being the first major female superhero movie made. It follows up two divisive entries in the universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While successful, the performances of both at the box office and with critics merited re-evaluation by the filmmakers in the form of corporate restructuring and written mea culpas.

Despite these stumbles, there’s many reasons to be optimistic about Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was well-received as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, it’s set in the past, focusing on one character after two ensemble pictures, and both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns add directorial and comic credibility, respectively. Plus, it’s no small thing that DC Films will beat Marvel Studios to the first female superhero movie, despite the latter having made over a dozen movies to former’s four. It’s important milestone for representation in pop culture.

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.