Long since rumored, it has now been confirmed: Ares is the villain in this summer’s Wonder Woman. The sinister Greek God of War will be the chief adversary of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) in the film and I’m 99.99% sure that is who Danny Huston is playing. This wouldn’t be the first time Huston has played a villain in a comic book film, as he portrayed a younger version of Col. William Stryker in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Of course that film isn’t a well-beloved one (and for good reason), although I think he did a fine job with what he was given. Here’s hoping that if he is indeed our Ares, he has more to chew on here. As for what Ares is up to? Well, since you asked nicely…
“Behind these scientific formulas, there is a deadly gas that could well annihilate humanity. Now, it turns out that this is precisely the goal of Ares, the god of war. He is jealous of humanity, which is a creation of his father, the deceased Zeus (he was killed by Ares when he rebelled against him, with the help of the Amazons)…”
Deadly gas in World War I? That kind of sounds like mustard gas. I’m sure DC has concocted an even deadlier fictional gas that Ares is toying with, however. It’s never a good idea to attribute real-life atrocities to fictional villains, as such things are often deemed in poor taste. Still, exploring chemical warfare offers up an opportunity to comment on a threat that still exists in the world today, while also drawing on a horrifying period-appropriate danger.
Speaking of rumors, along with Ares, a secondary villain has always been mentioned in conjunction. Early rumors pegged that character as being the sorceress Circe, but more recent ones stated that the female antagonist would be Cheetah. Judging from the image above, I’m guessing it’s the latter (or someone else entirely). Regardless of which one it is, that is likely the role that actress Elena Anaya is filling. That still leaves a handful of other actors whose roles we know little about. Amidst all of the fuss over the likes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, Wonder Woman appears to have made it through production and post-production with very little information leaking out.
That said, such information is slowly coming to light now, with the above report also revealing this nugget about how Steve Trevor first factors into the story, courtesy of actor Chris Pine…
“I play a pilot who works for the Allies and spies on the Germans without their knowledge. My character steals a notebook filled with scientific formulas in an Ottoman base, he steals a plane but is shot down in the open sea.”
So we have an Allied spy joining forces with a demigod to take on the forces of evil during World War I. This paints the film as a fun mash of Thor and Captain America-style adventure, which could prove to be a winning combination for DC. As much as I wasn’t overly thrilled with the last two DCEU films, I still very much want to see Warner Bros. and DC succeed with these films. Wonder Woman appears to have a legitimate shot at achieving that and I remain excited to see what director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot have in store for us this summer.