Wonder Woman’s first live-action standalone film depicts the titular heroines first venture into mankind’s world as she attempts to bring an end to World War I. Engaging in combat with enemy soldiers, Diana does not hesitate to take down her opponents with her sword and shield, undoubtedly leaving a body count in her wake. With a number of fans taking issue over Superman’s decision to kill Zod in Man of Steel and the lethal fighting style of the Caped Crusader in Batman v. Superman, one can imagine that Diana’s willingness to kill will become a part of the fan debate over whether or not superheroes should take another life. In an interview with IGN, director Patty Jenkins discussed Diana’s position on killing and how her willingness to take lives differs from her superhero counterparts.
Jenkins explained that while Wonder Woman is willing to take a life, it always be a last resort.
“She is actually one of the superheroes, interestingly, who is not adverse to killing when necessary, which is fascinating. But she also is the least likely to do it, I think, because she will always try anything else before she will resort to killing anyone. That’s an incredible balance of Wonder Woman.”
Jenkins explained how Wonder Woman‘s willingness to take a life is a burden she takes upon herself for the greater good.
“I always think of it like putting a wounded animal down. It’s like there’s something very maternal Wonder Woman, when push comes to shove if nobody else wants to do it, Wonder Woman would step up and take care of business. But she doesn’t want to do it, and she would never take any delight in it. That’s Wonder Woman to me.”
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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui.
Wonder Woman will be released in theaters on June 2, 2017.