Why the Wonder Woman movie changed the setting to World War I

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Feb 26, 2020, 3:48 PM EST (Updated)

One of the main changes done to Wonder Woman’s origin story in the upcoming DCEU comic book movie is the period setting.

When the Amazonian princess was created by William Moulton Marston back in the early 1940s, the setting was World War II. Diana of Themyscira had won the right to return Steve Trevor (who was a U.S. intelligence officer whose plane crash-landed on Paradise Island) to Man’s World, where she fought not only crime but also the evilness of the evil Nazis.

As most of you already know, the movie directed by Patty Jenkins has shaken things up a bit by changing the setting to 1918 Europe, toward the end of the First World War. The reason invoked? The similarities with today’s world. “We are in a very WWI world today with nationalism and how it would take very little to start a global conflict,” Heinberg told Entertainment Weekly, adding: “It’s 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 added that, at first, she had some reservations about setting the movie during the Great War, since the superheroine's comic book origins were rooted in World War II. But I have to say, I really dig the reasons for the change. There's also the fact that it sets the Warner Bros. movie apart from Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger, which took place during the Second World War:

“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.”

What do you think? Wonder Woman opens on June 2.

(via EW)

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