Wonder Woman's main villain may be someone we haven't even seen yet - spoilers ahead

The trailers we've seen for Wonder Woman are pretty much perfect, but according to French publication Studio Ciné Live, we haven't even seen the movie's main bad guy yet.

For those who want to keep the mystery until Warner Bros. gives us something to really sink our teeth into (a photo or new trailer, for example), I'll put this warning here: potential spoilers ahead. The rest of you, read on.

Website Les Toiles Héroïques has translated Studio Ciné Live's feature, and provided the following: 

"Why did Zeus create the Amazons? Because shaping man in his image made his son Ares, incidentally a god of war, mad with jealousy, he convinces the guys to confront each other. To restore harmony between them, Zeus created the Amazons that Ares reduced to slavery. The Amazons revolt with the help of Zeus, who will die of the hand of his son having had time to find Themyscira, their haven of peace where they will grow Diana. (…) Diana Prince becomes Wonder Woman by helping Steve Trevor and a squad of proud arm-in-law in search of one who wants to wipe humanity off the map with deadly gas."

It's a rough translation, but you get the idea: Zeus' son Ares was jealous of mankind because mankind was made in Zeus' image. Ares convinced humanity to turn against each other, and Zeus created the Amazons in turn to bring harmony. Ares turns the Amazons into slaves and kills his own father, but not before the Amazons escape to Themyscira, their secret island home. Sometime later, the Amazons create Diana (yes, create - if the movie holds true to comic book origins, Wonder Woman was born from clay being infused with a soul and the gods' power).

Les Toiles Héroïques claims that the gas we've seen tested in the trailers has caught Ares' eye, and the god intends to use it to wipe humanity from the planet. It's not clear then just how much a role Ares will play, but if this report is to be believed, he's at least involved in the bad guys' schemes. Whether that means serious screentime and a showdown remains to be seen.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, and Saïd Taghmaoui, Wonder Woman will open in cinemas on June 23, 2017.

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