I’m going to be giving away most of the main plot points of Wonder Woman, so if you don’t want to know, don’t read this post. Go watch the movie, then come back and read this post.
Wonder Woman has been receiving numerous accolades and high ratings from both fans and critics. Everyone loves this movie. I, too, went to see Captain America: the First Avenger…uh…I mean Wonder Woman. I really enjoyed it, too. In fact, I never really liked Wonder Woman before, but now I’m totally ready to buy some Wonder Woman merch.
But let’s not pretend this movie is more than it is. It is not groundbreaking, mainly because it’s straight up copying the story line of Captain America: The First Avenger.
This isn’t meant to actually knock DC for copying Marvel. DC and Marvel copy each other constantly. That’s why they have so many characters that are basically copies of each other, like Deathstroke and Deadpool, Green Arrow and Hawkeye, Darkseid and Thanos, Black Cat and Catwoman, and, of course, the Justice League and the Avengers.
In Wonder Woman, the role of Captain America is split between Diana and Steve. In this analysis, Diana is sometimes the hero and sometimes the love interest. Nevertheless, the similarities are such that I’m amazed no one else seems to notice. Here is my point-by-point analysis of the similarities between Wonder Woman and Captain America: The First Avenger:
- The hero tries to join others in military training, but is stopped by an authority figure. The hero succeeds in being accepted for training with the help of a mentor figure.
- The mentor figure dies and the hero is unable to stop it.
- The hero wants to join the war effort, is denied by an authority figure, and finally joins the war effort by going rogue.
- The hero is idealistic, with the main goal of saving innocents and doing what is right no matter the circumstances, with emphasis on the high moral character of the hero.
- The hero’s worldview is depicted as simplistic, but is ultimately correct.
- The movie is a period world war piece.
- The hero must overcome a supernatural power.
- The hero is a captain named Steve.
- The hero’s first big success: charges in and single-handedly (or nearly so) saves those who are helpless (POWs/village) from the Germans.
- The hero assembles a rag-tag and multi-ethnic band for the mission.
- The Big Bad is a power-hungry German with a psychotic inventor sidekick.
- Psychotic inventor sidekick creates a super-weapon that the power-hungry German plans on using on the enemy.
- Power-hungry German uses the super-weapon on his own people for standing in his way.
- Great loss (Bucky/village they just saved) bolsters the hero’s determination to stop the Big Bad.
- Rag-tag band storms fortress to destroy the super-weapon.
- The super-weapon is loaded on a plane. The hero manages to get on the plane and subdue the pilot, and faces a dilemma: how to dispose of the super-weapon.
- The hero sacrifices himself to save innocents from the super-weapon, saving the day and leaving a mourning love interest.
- Fast-forward to modern times: the hero waits and is ready for the next Big Bad.
There you have it. Wonder Woman has the same story line as Captain America: The First Avenger. Though, it wasn’t until the plane that I was ready to accuse DC of outright plagiarism. Maybe we should just call Diana “Captain Amazon.”
And, just for fun: