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Wonder Woman
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Starring Michelle Monaghan

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Eric Roberts

Famke Janssen

Music by Marco Beltrami


Wonder Woman is a 2014 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It introduces Wonder Woman to the DC Movie Universe and stars Michelle Monaghan as Princess Diana of Themyscira, an Amazone warrior tasked with escorting pilot Steve Trevor, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, back to America, along with Famke Janssen as Hipolyta, Diana's mother and Queen of the Amazons and Eric Roberts as Ares, the film's antagonist. Director Roger Spottiswoode helmed Wonder Woman and Marco Beltrami composed the score.

Plot

Centuries ago, the Amazons, a proud and fierce race of warrior women, led by their Queen, Hippolyta, battled Ares, the god of war, and his army. During the battle, Hippolyta impaled her son, Thrax, whom Ares forcibly conceived with her, through the head. Hippolyta then defeated Ares, but Zeus stopped her from delivering the death strike. In compensation, the Amazons were granted the island of Themyscira, where they would remain eternally youthful and isolated from Man in the course of their duty of holding Ares prisoner for all eternity. Later, Hippolyta was granted a daughter, Princess Diana , whom she shaped from the sand of the Themyscirian sea shore and gave life with her own blood.

Over a millennium later, an American fighter pilot, USAF Colonel Steve Trevor, crash lands on the island, where he soon runs afoul of the Amazon population, including Diana. They fight, and she defeats him, taking him to the Amazons. After interrogating him with the use of the Amazons' golden lasso, Hippolyta decides he is not an enemy of the Amazons and as such, tradition dictates that an emissary be tasked to ensure his safe return to his own country. Diana volunteers, but is assigned to guard Ares's cell instead since her mother argues that she has not enough experience in dealing with the dangers of the outside world. Diana defies her mother and, her face hidden by a helmet and her guard duty covered by her bookish but kind-hearted Amazon sister Alexa, participates in contests of strength and wins the right to take Trevor back to his home.

In the meantime, the Amazon Persephone, who has been gradually seduced by Ares, kills Alexa and releases him. Diana brings Trevor to New York City, where he volunteers to show her around the outside world, and they wind up at a bar. After some heavy drinking, Trevor makes a pass at Diana. They argue outside, but are attacked by the demigod Deimos. Deimos kills himself to prevent being interrogated, but Diana and Steve find a clue on his body that leads them to a concealed gateway to the underworld guarded by members of a still-extant ancient cult of Ares.

Once there, Diana attempts to subdue Ares, but he summons harpies that knock her unconscious, prompting Trevor to save her instead of stopping Ares. Meanwhile, Ares performs a sacrifice to open a gate to the Underworld. Later, Diana regains consciousness in a hospital and is furious that Trevor saved her rather than stop Ares. Trevor argues against her abuse with his own criticism of the Amazons' self-imposed isolation and their generalizations about men, and reveals how much he cares about her.

Ares and his army attack Washington DC. Trevor and Diana arrive to battle Ares and are soon joined by the Amazons. While Ares manages even to summon the Amazons long dead from the Underworld to fight their own sisters. Hippolyta faces Persephone in combat and kills her, but in her dying breath, Persephone makes the queen realize that in shutting the Amazons away from the world of men, she has denied them the chance to live their lives as women.

Meanwhile, the President is influenced by Ares's power and orders a nuclear missile against Themyscira, presuming the island nation to be the source of the attack on Washington. This act of supreme aggression increases Ares's power, but Trevor takes the invisible jet and shoots down the missile just before it hits the island. Finally, after a brutal beating at Ares's hands, Diana finally outwits and beheads him.

Later on Themyscira, Hippolyta realizes that Diana misses both the outside world and Trevor, and to make her happy again, she gives her daughter the task of being a channel for 'communication between men and women'. Diana accepts and returns to New York, where she enjoys the company of Trevor. Their relationship comes with the understanding of her larger duties, such as when Diana sees Cheetah robbing a museum and she excuses herself to stop the supervillainess as the newly christened Wonder Woman.

Cast

Michelle Monaghan - Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Steve Trevor

Famke Janssen - Hipolyta

Eric Roberts - Ares

Sequels

Unlike other films in the DC Movie Universe, such as The Flash and The Batman, there was no direct sequel to Wonder Woman. However, Michelle Monaghan and other cast members did reprise their role in subsequent films such as Justice Leauge and DC Trinity.

Taglines

Change their minds and change the world.

Ready for war.

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