You do not always see things like these. Wonder Woman is seen as a beacon of compassion and harmony. In the DC Extended Universe, her message is of love. That’s who she is. She is a compassionate soul who knows that love cures all wounds, mortal or otherwise. But this image revealed by Zack Snyder might show you a very different side to Wonder Woman. The pic is of Diana holding the heads of decapitated soldiers she defeated.
That’s a pretty gory sight to watch, isn’t it?
The image was revealed by Zack Snyder for ComicBook Debate. Before fans could ask further questions regarding the image, it was quickly changed to a picture of Steve Trevor, Diana Prince, and the rest of the Allied Company during World War I. The earlier picture of Wonder Woman that grabbed everybody’s attention was probably Wonder Woman taking part in the Crimean War in the 1850’s. The Crimean War was fought between the Russian Empire & the Kurdish rebels and the Ottoman, French, and British Empire.
The picture is historically accurate since photographic documentation had been developed by then. The Crimean War was probably one of the first wars that was documented via photographs. One such photograph may have captured Diana Prince in her wildest, most primal form.
Here’s the pic we are talking about:
Here is a clear look at the pic shown during Zack’s interview today, it was used as a placeholder in BVS and was taken before Patty was hired and took on Wonder Woman’s origin Story.
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Patty Jenkins Hated How The Picture Depicted Diana
Patty Jenkins, Director of Wonder woman and Wonder Woman 1984, said that there was some friction between her and the studio on this subject. Jenkins never wanted to showcase Wonder Woman as a savage. The studio wanted to go a different route and that was not acceptable to Patty Jenkins. Her depiction of Wonder Woman and the one depicted in the picture are miles apart. This might have created some serious backlash.
Patty Jenkins corroborated the same on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast. She said and we quote:
“So that was definitely happening, even when I first joined Wonder Woman it was like, ‘Uhh, yeah, ok, but let’s do it this other way.’ But I was like, ‘Women don’t want to see that. Her being harsh and tough and cutting people’s heads off, that’s not what— I’m a Wonder Woman fan, that’s not what we’re looking for.’ Still, I could feel that shaky nervousness [on their part] of my point of view.”
Dodging Continuity Errors
This picture was taken for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Back then Wonder Woman had not been fleshed out as such. When Jenkins got on board, she was probably allowed to see this picture and she did her best to convince the Studio to take this concept to the back of the barn and shoot it in the head. Apart from being inaccurate character-wise, there was also the fact that it would have affected continuity. Wonder woman first got out into the Man’s World during World War I. The Crimean war happened more than sixty years before the First World War. This would have affected Wonder Woman’s entire origin story.
Nevertheless, it is quite intriguing to see Wonder Woman show her bloodier side in combat. Diana Prince holding a bundle of severed heads is not something you see everyday.