Though “Wonder Woman” is slated to hit theaters in just over a month, very little is know about Ares, the film’s primary antagonist. Our first real look at the character came from an action figure photographed at Mattel’s DC Entertainment display at Toy Fair 2017, and now — in the spirit of consistency — our latest glimpse of the villain comes from the packaging of a “Wonder Woman”-themed Hot Wheels set.
A photo of the playset was tweeted out by a Mexican DCEU fan page, and the packaging shows Gal Gadot’s Amazon Princess staring fiercely into the distance. Lurking behind her, though, is the shadowy silhouette of the God of War, with an intense, fiery glow radiating off of his imposing figure.
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Although it’s believed that “Harry Potter’s” David Thewlis will play Ares, details surrounding the God of War’s involvement in “Wonder Woman” have been scarce thus far. In fact, the most recent definitive word on the character comes from footage revealed last month at CinemaCon, which featured an exchange between Diana and Steve Trevor where the former reveals that the reason she left Themyscira is to track down Ares, who Diana believes is acting as an instigator for the Germans in World War I.
In the comics, Ares is one of Wonder Woman’s oldest and most persistent foes, dating all the way back to “Wonder Woman” #1 in 1942. In fact, in post-“Crisis” DC continuity, Ares is the one responsible for Steve Trevor’s plane crashing on Paradise Island, having replaced the pilot with one of his human puppets. Seeking to provoke a third World War, Ares planned to force the United States and Russia to simultaneously fire missiles upon one another, though Wonder Woman is able to use her lasso of truth to show the villain that — in doing so — there would be no one left to worship him. Considering the description of the footage from CinemaCon and the period in which the film takes place, Warner Bros. could possibly use World War I as a vehicle to bring this story to life when “Wonder Woman” hits the big screen.
Directed by Patty Jenkins and based on a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, “Wonder Woman” follows the Amazon princess who — after discovering fighter pilot Steve Trevor on Themyscira — sets out to bring an early end to World War I. The film takes place long before the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” where the character made her theatrical debut.
Opening June 2, “Wonder Woman” stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, and David Thewlis.