As ‘Wonder Woman‘ heads to theaters this weekend, audiences near and far will be coming to watch the cinematic tale of DC’s most prominent superheroine. Longtime fans of the Amazonian princess, however, may be wondering why Diana’s background story was changed to have her emergence into our society coincide with World War I, and not World War II as was originally written in the comic books.
Director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Allan Heinberg recently address the change in an interview. The genesis of the idea seems to be pretty well-thought-out and rationalized; as Heinberg says:
“We are in a very WWI [type of] world today, with nationalism and how it would take very little to start a global conflict. [WWI] was the first time we had an automated war; the machine gun was a new invention. Gas was used for the first time. New horrors were unleashed every day.”
Jenkins was a little pensive about the switching of Wonder Woman’s origin story, but she also soon understood why the change may be good:
“At first, I questioned it because it wasn’t her actual origin story, but very quickly I saw the genius behind it. World War I is the first time that civilization as we know it was finding its roots, but it’s not something that we really know the history of. Even the way that it was unclear who was in the right of WWI is a really interesting parallel to this time. Then you take a god with a moral compass and a moral belief system, and you drop them into this world, there are questions about women’s rights, about a mechanized war where you don’t see who you are killing. It’s such a cool time.”
Fans don’t have long to wait to judge for themselves – Wonder Woman is coming to theaters this weekend!
‘Wonder Woman’ makes her debut in American cinemas on June 2, 2017.
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