Comicbook.com got an interview with Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman, at WonderCon. She talked about Ares being the villain, references to Batman v Superman, and similiarities between this film and Thor.
On references to BvS:
“There are things here and there but it’s a standalone film. It should succeed to people who have seen Batman v Superman or not seen anything.”
Jenkins then made it clear that Wonder Woman is a comedic adventure movie.
“I think there’s funny things in both of those films but we definitely went for making a funny film. I was always basing it on Superman 1 and on Indiana Jones. I wanted to make a classic film where you’re laughing and you’re in love with them and then they’re off on a great adventure. It’s definitely in the pursuit of our film.”
Why did she choose Ares?
“He’s the biggest villain of Wonder Woman’s world, and so I think if you’re going to start off big, start off right with the greatest villain.”
“It was a great delight to place him in the world in a way where he believes in exactly what a real true Ares does. And what kind havoc would Ares wreak on this planet and how? There’s some pretty good jobs to put them in for that.”
Lastly, Jenkins talked about how her work on Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World influenced this film.
“It’s a lot of the same questions and a lot of the same struggles that I was interested in Thor’s story are here, although in that case it was the second movie so it could never have been as pure and as simple of an arc so I really think it was meant to be that I ended up doing this one, which I had always wanted to do anyway. And I got to do it in a kind of bigger and purer arc rather than putting it in that other story.”
“Wonder Woman hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.”
Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as the title character, Chris Pine, Robin Wright as Antiope, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen, Ewen Bremner, and Lucy Davis.
The film hits theaters on June 2, 2017.