Wonder Woman is one of the highly anticipated films of the year, as it’ll show the cinematic origin story of Wonder Woman for the first time.That being said, the film is taking some changes from the comic origins by putting the film in the era of WWI instead of WWII. In an interview with IGN, producer Charles Roven spoke about why that setting change was important.
Roven Stated: “One of the reasons that we picked World War I was we felt that it [worked] in terms of that war and what it meant to Diana. Diana was raised on Themyscira with the lore, the history of the Amazons, and the Amazons, you know from the canon and the New 52, were created to be inspirations towards mankind. And [they] helped promote peace and goodwill amongst men and mankind. But at some point, they were enslaved by mankind and they had to break their shackles, which is why they wear the bracelets, as symbols of that. And they were given Themyscira by Zeus.”
He added: “But they’re always training and they’re warriors, and there’s great pride to their abilities, their fighting abilities, etc. And even though they haven’t had any war on Themyscira, they’re used to fighting being an honorable thing. They’re used to one on one combat, or even if it’s armies fighting each other, ultimately that great legacy of fighting hand to hand. The best warrior wins. There’s a lot of contact, and World War I was the first war where that changed, where it became more remote. You were killing people — whether it was through guns, through rifles, through mortars, through bombs, through gas attacks — that you didn’t even know, that you never looked into their eyes. And it ceased to be what I would call an “honorable war.” And so we wanted that culture shock. And those images of no man’s land and the trenches and fighting for years against an enemy that you really don’t see, who’s a hundred, two hundred yards next to you, but you never see their face, we just wanted those images in the movie because we thought that it would be very, very symbolic to her.”
Wonder Woman arrives in theaters June 2nd.