'Wonder Woman': New Details Emerge About Diana's Origins

After Gal Gadot's debut as DC Entertainment's premiere heroine in this week's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, next year's solo Wonder Woman will go back to the beginning for the Amazon Princess, with a new image for the movie, debuted via Entertainment Weekly, revealing the three women who raised Diana on Paradise Island.

The three are Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Lieutenant Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli). Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins said that the trio are jointly responsible for preparing Diana for her adventures ahead. "She is the only child they raised together," she explained, "and their love for her manifests in a different way for each of them."

(Not revealed in the EW article is whether the movie will follow the traditional comic book origin of Diana having been created out of magical clay blessed by the gods or the more recent revision that she is the child of Hippolyta and Zeus, with her heritage hidden even from herself for years.)

Jenkins explained the look of the Amazon armor. "To me, they shouldn't be dressed in armor like me," she said. "It should be different. It should be authentic and real — and appealing to women." That includes the use of high heels, an impractical decision she defended by saying, "It's total wish-fulfillment … I, as a woman, want Wonder Woman to be hot as hell, fight badass and look great at the same time the same way men want Superman to have huge pecs and an impractically big body. That makes them feel like the hero they want to be. And my hero, in my head, has really long legs."

Wonder Woman will be released June 23, 2017, but the hero will debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25.

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