Wonder Woman Is Getting The New 52 Origin In BATMAN V SUPERMAN

Being born of a lump of clay is too weird for this movie. 

I love Wonder Woman's first (and for me, canonical) origin: the Amazons were created by the gods using the souls of all the women murdered by men. There was, when it was all said and done, one soul remaining, the soul of the unborn daughter of the first woman to ever be murdered by a man. That woman was Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, and she molded a figure of clay and gave to it the soul of that unborn girl. The clay was animated and became Diana, who was gifted abilities from the gods. 

That's a cool origin. It's weird and in the spirit of Greek myth. So of course it can't stand today. The modern origin of Wonder Woman in the DC New 52 Universe, the second full reboot of the DC Universe, has the clay thing as the legend of Diana's creation. The reality, though, is that Hippolyta fucked Zeus and he knocked her up and Diana was born. 

Booo-ring. Sure, Zeus knocking people up is de rigeur in Greek myth, but the clay stuff, and the spirits of murdered women - that's evocative! This is a more down-to-earth thing, and it establishes Diana as just another run of the mill demigod, like Hercules. It's closer to reality, because it's easier to buy a hyper-dimensional race of beings acting like gods than it is to buy a clay figure coming to life. It's grounded. 

And it's the origin of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice*. Because of course this grittier version of superheroes has no room for something as wonderfully whimsical (and yet suitably dark-edged) as beings created in clay. Producer Charles Roven confirms it in no uncertain terms in this video (it's a very, very short clip). 

I'm sure many fans will be happy about this, and I'm sure many won't care. I don't care in a deep way - it is what it is - but I do care in that it's another sign that the DC Movieverse is heavily pulling from the ugly, boring and uninspired DC New 52. 

* with God as my witness, this is the actual title of the movie. 

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