A global stage. World War One offers a unique moral ambiguity and historical setting that enriches the story of "Wonder Woman," argues Kaitlyn Booth of Bleeding Cool. The recent Captain America movie already used the WW2 origin story, so doing the same would have felt repetitive to audiences. The First World War was entwined with the rise of nationalism and new technologies that aggravated the wickedness of warfare. Additionally, unlike its successor, it blurred the lines between good and evil, which gives the movie moral dilemmas to address. Setting "Wonder Woman" during WWI allows it to address profound issues.
In war, no one’s a hero. Setting "Wonder Woman," an action-hero movie, during WWI casts sides in a conflict where the line between good and evil became dangerously blurred, asserts Katie Collins of CNet. Every hero needs a villain and bad guys, which the movie created in a situation where it was hard to tell who was which. The main antagonist, a German general, seems cartoonishly evil to fit the plot. This hardly reflects the grim conflict that WWI was. Both sides sent millions of men to die harrowing deaths over aristocratic squabbles. For all its qualities, "Wonder Woman" twists history to fits its, albeit captivating, narrative.