'Wonder Woman' Villain is Likely Played by David Thewlis of 'Harry Potter'

Sunday, 19 February 2017 - 6:53PM
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Sunday, 19 February 2017 - 6:53PM
'Wonder Woman' Villain is Likely Played by David Thewlis of 'Harry Potter'
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We've known a little over a month that Ares, the Greek god of war, would be the main Wonder Woman villain after French magazine Studio Ciné Live went onto the film set. But beyond Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), there was little other indication of who's playing what in the film.

Now, while neither Warner Bros. or DC has confirmed yet, there's some strong evidence pointing to one cast-member. According to Batman News, they've heard from multiple sources that Ares will be played by David Thewlis, who'd previously been cast in an undisclosed role. The character will be a combination of CGI and practical effects, so regardless of whether Ares takes on a human form (something Ares does frequently in the comics), he's likely to get big and cosmically powerful at some point. 

Thewlis is most well known for playing Professor Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a werewolf and family friend of the Potters who helped create the Marauder's Map. Considering he was the nicest Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in any of the Harry Potter films, it'll be interesting to see him play a violent war god here. He's also appeared in the recent Macbeth film and Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa.

Based on the trailers, Danny Huston was expected to play the villain, given that he's a menacing looking military commander in charge of a deadly poisonous weapon. And while he'll still likely be bad, only time will tell what his role in the film will be. Given the poison element, actress Elena Anaya's undisclosed role is speculated to be the longtime Wonder Woman villain Doctor Poison, but again, time will tell.

We've also just gotten a semi-official look at Ares, as an action figure of the big guy appeared in this weekend's Toy Fair in the "Wonder Woman Movie Figure Assortment" section. He looks the standard comic book depiction, although his horned helmet has more teeth on it than usual:


Ares, based on the ancient Greek deity, first appeared in Wonder Woman #1 back in 1942. He's often drawn in a bulky Greco-Roman set of armor, and he draws his power from human wars and conflict. So it makes perfect sense to see him in a World War I era Wonder Woman film.

Wonder Woman comes out on June 2, 2017.
 
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