Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Even by comic book superhero standards, Wonder Woman’s classic origin story is an unusual one. Too unusual, apparently, for the big screen.
During a recent appearance, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice producer Charles Roven confirmed his Wonder Woman would be the half-god daughter of Zeus — following the drastically revamped New 52 backstory instead of the original one. Hit the jump for more details on the Batman v Superman Wonder Woman.
Badass Digest picked up the very brief clip of Roven revealing the detail. “She’s a demigod. Her father was Zeus,” he says. That fits with Wonder Woman’s New 52 background, in which she is the natural result of Hippolyta and Zeus having sex. In the New 52 universe there’s a rumor that Wonder Woman was made of clay, but that’s all it is — a rumor.
That New 52 origin tale stands in stark contrast to Wonder Woman’s original history, which Badass Digest describes as follows:
The Amazons were created by the gods using the souls of all the women murdered by men. There was, when it was all said and done, one soul remaining, the soul of the unborn daughter of the first woman to ever be murdered by a man. That woman was Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, and she molded a figure of clay and gave to it the soul of that unborn girl. The clay was animated and became Diana, who was gifted abilities from the gods.
The original origin is much more interesting and unique. It’s also a lot more complicated, and perhaps a bit too fanciful for the “gritty” DC movieverse. Given that Wonder Woman has, at most, third billing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s not hard to see why Warner Bros. and DC figured they might as well go with the simpler New 52 version and be done with it.
Also likely factoring into the decision is the fact that, compared to her colleagues Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman’s origins aren’t so well known. Even the most casual superhero fan knows the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents led to the invention of Batman; far fewer people are likely aware that Wonder Woman started out as a clay figure.
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