There is little doubt that the Amazons are some of the strongest female characters in the DC Extended Universe. However, there was a time when the first Wonder Woman film was supposed to depict them as victims. Amazingly, Connie Nielsen has just revealed that director Patty Jenkins refused to make "mass rape" a part of the Amazons' origin story.
We already know that Jenkins had changed some things about Wonder Woman. For instance, the movie was supposed to show the Crimean War but she chose to change the setting to World War I. Now, Nielsen has confirmed that the Amazons were initially meant to undergo severe trauma as part of their origin story,
"She was very clear about what the Amazons were supposed to be. And I think that there had originally been some idea that the Amazons had been deeply traumatized by some kind of horrible event that involved mass rape," Nielsen told Collider. She then added that Jenkins refused to follow that storyline.
"Patty just said, ‘Hm, no. No, no, we’re not gonna put that on those Amazons. We don’t want to start out seeing them as victims, and why would we? Let’s just get rid of that part and make sure that these are heroes in their own terms," Nielsen said.
Interestingly, Nielsen didn't reveal who had decided on the Amazons being traumatized by "mass rape" in the past. However, there is a possibility that this was originally decided by the studio.
Although we don't know who had planned to depict the Amazons as victims, it's a good thing that Jenkins decided to change that about their story. After all, it has already been established that the Amazons became bitter towards mankind when people turned against them. With that in mind, a depiction of violence against these women would be unnecessary.
The Amazons, along with Nielsen's Hippolyta, will be back in action again in Zack Snyder's Justice League. The trailers have already teased on the warriors taking on Steppenwolf as he tries to take the Mother Box that they have been protecting.
Zack Snyder's Justice League will premiere on HBO Max and various streaming services on March 18.