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15 Interesting ‘Wonder Woman’ Fan Theories That Actually Make A Pretty Good Point

Updated May 17, 2021 721 votes 164 voters 11.7k views15 items

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Wonder Woman is a character with a long, storied past. Apart from being written about in DC's comics alongside Batman, Superman, and more, she has been portrayed by a variety of people on the big screen - most recently, by Gal Gadot.

Her first feature as the strong, intelligent Diana was in the 2017 film Wonder Woman. Since then, there's been a sequel. However, that doesn't stop people from posing their thoughts about the first film online. Here are some of our favorite wild and interesting fan theories about the movie.

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    Ares Took The Other Gods' Powers

    From Redditor u/Abunchofliberalcucks:

    (Wonder Woman) Ares took the powers of each Greek god he k*lled

    So I’ve had this theory since first watching Wonder Woman (2017) about Ares, the god of w*r. In the film, he demonstrates several abilities that seem beyond what Ares would be capable of. Typically, Ares in the comics mostly controls/summons [arms]. He has other powers, but they aren’t what he uses in the film. In the movie he has:

    Lightning and shape-shifting powers. Both of these are trademarks of the Greek god Zeus. He is the god of the skies, lighting, and the other gods. Besides wielding lightning, Zeus regularly shape-shifts into other forms (animals, humans, etc.) in order to seduce women and fool mortals. Ares demonstrates the use of both lightning and shape-shifting (i.e. looking like Sir Patrick instead of his Justice League appearance) throughout the movie.

    Ares seems to have telekinesis in the movie, much like one of the many wind gods in Greek mythology.

    Ares manipulates the minds of generals and Dr. Maru in the film, an ability very similar to the Greek goddess Eris, of chaos.

    The way that Ares shows Wonder Woman a false world of peace when she lassos him is similar to what the Greek god of dreams, Morpheus, could do.

    This leaves the exciting possibility of a return for Ares in future Wonder Woman films! If he has the powers of Hades, no d*ath can stop him.

    Interesting theory?
  • 2

    Diana Can Control The Air

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:

    DCEU: What Wonder Woman's REAL power is

    Watching the first Wonder Woman, then Justice League, then WW84, it was clear that there was something weird going on with Diana's powers. She was super-humanly strong, fast, and essentially invulnerable, with incredibly enhanced reflexes, but also could deflect bullets, and swing on her lasso in ways that completely defied the laws of physics. [She's] able to move around at incredible speeds, as well as hitting [people] in ways that should turn the human body into a fine mist. She even drops them all out a window hard enough to [smush] a car and they're all fine. Her super speed also functions... strangely. Unlike the Flash, who can be seen running while the world is in slo-mo around him, Diana just... moves. She's in one spot, then *whoosh* and she's in another. We don't see her legs moving, or arms pumping, she just appears.

    So, what is Diana's true power? One that fits with her being the daughter of Zeus?

    Diana can control the air.

    Likely, she's doing it completely instinctively, in the same way that someone might throw up their hands when something is thrown at them, without even thinking. We know that Hippolyta lied to her about the nature of her powers, but still tried to train her.

    Her super strength? Just collecting the air to be extremely resistant. By gathering scattered molecules together, she's able to hit with incredible force.

    That's also how she avoids harming people too badly, she can essentially use the air to cushion the regular, squishy humans, as well as cutting off their air supply temporarily to knock them out without brain damage.

    It's also how she can move so fast, the air is essentially pushing her[.]

    Controlling air is also how she manages to avoid any physical harm. She can (hypothetically) be harmed by bullets, yet can take direct explosions, or [go] through brick walls without ever being harmed. She does that by forming a shield of concentrated air in front of herself, a shield that can be blasted out by crossing her gauntlets...

    The only time she slow-mos isn't for super-speed, it's to deflect bullets, which she's able to do through-- you guessed it-- controlling the air. She can tell exactly where the bullets are, what angle they're coming in at, and what speed, then use that to know which to deflect and which to ignore.

    That's also what gives her the ability to do her... lasso tricks, swinging on it in ways that defy gravity and physics: the air guides the lasso to hit her target perfectly...

    Finally, controlling the air was straight up explained to be the way she learned to fly.

    Obviously, it's hard to imagine air doing that. But for some visualization, look at a military grade hovercraft, that can carry thousands of pounds on a cushion of air. Or, look at what happens when a metal scuba tank is filled with too much air. Concentrated air is incredibly powerful, and being the daughter of Zeus, she'd have complete control of it.

    This explains why Diana was noticeably stronger and faster than any other Amazon, even at a young age... Since she was the child of a god, she gained the powers of one as well...

    TL;DR: Diana gained the power to control air from her father, Zeus. Any abilities she uses during the movies are just her using that power.

    Interesting theory?
  • 3

    Sir Patrick Is Not Ares, But Actually Zeus

    From Redditor u/MysteriousHobo2:

    Wonder Woman, Theory about "Ares"

    So are we positive that the Sir Patrick dude was Ares? I don't recall him saying he was the God of W*r or Ares. And he was throwing around an awful lot of lightning. And he knew Diana's true nature, even though Ares had never met her before and she was created after Ares was banished and she never left Themyscira before.

    My personal theory is that Sir Patrick was Zeus. Zeus is not a good guy in Greek mythology, lightning is his trademark [tool], he knows about Diana's true nature - after all, he is the one that told us she was a daughter of Zeus - and Sir Patrick never identified himself as Ares (to my knowledge). Diana mistakenly assumed he was Ares, she even called him brother.

    Our information about Zeus comes from an old story that not even Hippolyta believed, what if he didn't [perish]? What if Zeus got sick and tired of his creations and wanted to start over?

    Interesting theory?
  • 4

    Steve Trevor Enlisted In Foreign Troops For A Reason

    From Redditor u/MollyWop120:

    [Wonder Woman 2017] Steve Trevor Theory

    Something weird about Steve Trevor's character in Wonder Woman is that he's an American working for British Intelligence. While some online wikis have said he was really working for the Americans, the wiki entry I've found for the movie noted that he works with the British (same with my memory of the movie), and he purely interacts with British superiors and coworkers (ex. Etta Candy). Also note that because the end of the movie includes the end of [WWI], the U.S. is [in the fight] by the time the movie occurs. So why is an American working with the British military when his own country is fighting? I think the answer is hinted at in the dialogue where Trevor talks about his father... Trevor says he enlisted because his father told him that when something bad happens, "You can either do nothing or something, and I tried nothing." In historical context, many Americans felt morally driven to fight in WWI before the government made the decision to send U.S. troops. It doesn't seem that [wild] to think that a person so opposed to complacency in the face of injustice would leave the country and enlist in a foreign military in order to fulfill that drive. So Trevor probably entered... before the USA got on board and then stayed in once he had built covers, a team, connections, etc.

    TL;DR Steve Trevor is an American working for the British because he wanted to [enlist] before the US government decided to join, causing him to join the British military.

              From Redditor u/IAmTheDos:

              Which parallels Diana's decision almost exactly. Learns of a foreign [struggle], her society refuses to intervene, opposes the complacency, leaves to fight for foreign military.

    Interesting theory?