Why the Batman vs. Superman Wonder Woman rumor makes our brains hurt UPDATED

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Nov 18, 2016, 1:10 PM EST (Updated)


Movie spoilers are a double-edged sword. While it's wonderful to get a nibble of the films we're intending to enjoy, the taste may be more sour than sweet. Take the rumors for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, specifically Wonder Woman's role. It's about as sour as a lemon dipped in battery acid.

Warning: Here be spoilers.

According to Batman on Film, 

With all that said, I'd bet a year's pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the "Amazons" of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those "ancient Kryptonians" who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago.

In other words, Wonder Woman and her Amazonian sistren would actually be Kryptonian.

Although I make it a point not to bash a movie before I've seen it for myself, this is so awful that it needs to be addressed while the movie is still in production.

Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince, is comicdom’s most important female superhero. Created from clay by her mother Hippolyta and given life by six Greek goddesses -- pre-New 52, that is -- she was independent from men at conception. Even post-New 52, she’s still the daughter of the ruler of the Amazonians, an entirely female society, and Hippolyta does not want men in her world. 

But now we're hearing that the Amazonians aren’t born of the souls of murdered women, as we know from Wonder Woman’s history. If this rumor is true, they'd be linked, thanks to needless contortions of her origin story, to Superman’s backstory. To have Wonder Woman’s world, not to mention her powerset, tied into something as mundane as the most recognizable male hero in DC is absolutely counter to the character. 

If the Batman on Film speculation is real, it’s another way of saying Wonder Woman can’t have her own history. 

If you’re inclined to think that it doesn’t matter if the Amazonians originated from Krypton, picture the reverse being true: Superman is Kryptonian, but actually that race was created from the men that the Amazonians did not want. See how that diminishes Superman’s story?

If you’re also inclined to think that an alien origin explains Amazonian powers, keep in mind that that’s how Marvel explained the Asgardians in Thor and Thor: The Dark World.

If Warner Bros. decides to change Wonder Woman’s backstory from the power of the Greek gods to an alien origin, this means DC would be ripping off Marvel. And do they really want to be seen doing that?

Note: If the writers were to use the Kryptonian colonies as part of the plot, they might want to put Brainiac in the movie; after all, he's already of Kryptonian origin. No alteration of the backstory necessary.

We have until July 15, 2015, to see if these rumors are false or if they’re utterly, terribly true.

Via io9


Batman on Film recently posted to its Facebook page

In the recent mailbag I did with you all, I speculated on how Goyer/Snyder *might* account for the origins of the Amazons: Decedents of ancient Kryptonian astronauts who were able to create an all-female race due to Kryptonians artificially creating their offspring. It was nothing but a guess -- pure speculation and my opinion -- and nothing more. Now, many outlets have picked up the "story" and have run it as either me claiming it to be fact or me claiming it's "inside info/rumor."


We're thrilled to have confirmation that the Wonder Woman rumor originated from a knowledgable fan site, rather than the pages of the upcoming script. And we didn't even need the lasso of truth to get it.