The decision to end a life is not one taken lightly by Wonder Woman, according to the director of her first standalone movie.
Patty Jenkins told IGN that one of the aspects of the character that fascinated her is that Diana is not afraid or reluctant to kill when it's necessary.
While some of her colleagues in the Justice League -- namely Superman and Batman -- have wrestled with that question over the years (not very successfully, it should be said, in their more recent outings), the Amazonian warrior has not shied away from the prospect and does not do so in her first full-length feature film, either. But Jenkins says the character's approach is more nuanced than just knocking off enemies left and right:
"She will always try anything else before she will resort to killing anyone. That’s an incredible balance of Wonder Woman...I always think of it like putting a wounded animal down. It’s like there’s something very maternal about 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.”
While Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy stuck to the idea that Batman never kills anyone, the version of the Caped Crusader introduced in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice slaughtered a number of people with abandon and didn't seem bothered by it. Superman agonized over breaking General Zod's neck in Man of Steel but finally did (a big no-no in his mythology), while also appearing indifferent to the mass destruction and death their battle in the skies over Metropolis actually caused.
In other words, the traditional take on both superheroes' stance toward killing was upended in those films, while Wonder Woman appears to take a more complex view that remains true to the character's origins. Do you think the approach that Jenkins' film takes will bring a better balance to the DCEU on this question?
Wonder Woman is out in theaters tomorrow (Friday, June 2).