Not going to lie, I went to this movie anticipating that it wouldn’t be great. Batman v Superman was confusing, and I worried that like it’s predecessor, this would be a movie only DC fans would understand and enjoy.
I love that I was wrong.
One thing I enjoyed was the way they weaved Greek Mythology into the movie.
Spoilers Ahead, so If you haven’t seen the movie, this is your last warning.
In the movie, Hippolyta, Diana’s mother, tells her a story of how Man and the Amazons were created. Her story showed that the Amazons came from the sea to teach Man love. It reminded me of the legends of Aphrodite. She was born from sea foam and the goddess of Love.
As the movie continues, the theme of Amazons representing love and compassion continues. When she fights Ares, she learns she is the daughter of Zeus, and a Goddess created to kill Ares.
At the end of the movie, she implies she is the goddess of love, and a guardian of Man.
I did a quick check, if memory served, Diana was the Roman goddess of the Hunt, and I wondered why they didn’t go more in that direction when they wrote the screenplay.
Diana was the goddess of hunting, wooded areas, and animals, But she was also the Goddess of Light. She was also the goddess of childbirth, healing, darkness, witchcraft, and the kingdom of the dead.
She was also the patron goddess of the lower classes, and one of her temples required a runaway slave to be the head priest.
Diana was a guardian, and Wonder Woman is a guardian.
This movie wasn’t a dramatization of mythology, but it was inspired by mythology in an interesting a different way that made the movie more interesting.