Even though comic book movies are all the rage these days, what we generally see on the big screen is a watered down and sanitized version of the comics. One of the greatest examples of this phenomenon involves Princess Diana, also known as Wonder Womanand Themyscira, the island of the Amazons that he calls home.
In the comicsThemyscira It was an island nation founded by Queen Hippolyta, Diana’s mother, after she was forced to flee her original home in Greece. The reason for the flight was an attack by Hercules and his army against Hippolyta’s house, during which she and the maidens of her country were subjected to a brutal mass rape. In an interview with Collider, Connie Nielsen, who plays Hippolyta in the DCEU, revealed that the original plan had been to incorporate the mass rape event into Amazon’s history in 2017. Wonder Woman until director Patty Jenkins intervened.
“[Jenkins] He was very clear about what the Amazons were supposed to be. And I think there was originally an idea that the Amazons had been deeply traumatized by some kind of horrible event involving a mass rape. And Patty just said, ‘Hm, no. No, no, we are not going to put that on those Amazons. We don’t want to start seeing them as victims, and why would we? We’re going to get rid of that part and make sure these are heroes on their own terms. “
In the comics, Hippolyta’s past torture at the hands of Hercules and his men led to a deep mistrust of all men, which is why she creates Themyscira as a refuge for women far from humanity where they can learn to fight and defend themselves. . This distrust of men was also the main reason she was so determined not to send her daughter into the world as Wonder Woman.
In the movie, this particular aspect of Hippolyta’s motivations was removed and instead the Amazons were presented as a race of magical beings created specifically by Zeus to be separate from the rest of humanity. According to Nielsen, Jenkins’ main desire to change the backstory of the Amazons was to show them as fierce and heroic warriors on their own terms rather than due to past trauma.
“[Jenkins stated that] they have not been part of the victims of history. They are these incredibly brave women and we are not going to burden them with trauma from the start. We are going to get people to receive them based on who they are. What is your culture? Why are they so fierce? What does it mean to live on an island where there are no boys? It made a lot of sense, you know? You needed them to have a very simple background to be able to accept them for the heroes that they are. “
Soon we will have a deeper look at the history of the Amazons with a Wonder Woman spinoff film Jenkins is currently developing, which will see Nielsen return as Hippolyta. The project has no release date yet. This news originated in Collider.
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