The DCEU’s next big film, Wonder Woman, is only a few months away, and yet we still don’t know the actor who will be playing the film main villain. It was recently confirmed by the French magazine Studio Ciné Live that Ares will be the Big Bad stepping up against Wonder Woman, but there’s been no word on the face underneath the horned helmet. Now, a site is claiming to know the actor has stepped forward and revealed that Harry Potter actor David Thewlis may be playing the God of War.
Though other actors have previously been speculated to be playing the part, according to Batman News, David Thewlis is the actor portraying Ares in this summer’s Wonder Woman. The site reports that they have heard from multiple sources that Thewlis is the actor behind the God of War and that the role is a “mix of CGI and practical effects.” The author speculates that this is why the character has yet to be seen in any trailers or commercials thus far as the post-production team finalizes the CGI for the movie. As it stands now, Thewlis is credited as being in Wonder Woman in an undisclosed role, so it’s certainly possible that the actor could be playing the villain.
Moviegoers may best now David Thewlis from his role as Professor Lupin from the Harry Potter films. If you didn’t already figure it out from his name, Lupin was a werewolf but also a staunch ally of Harry. Outside of Harry Potter, Thewlis has held a number of roles in film and television including, The Big Lebowski, Black Beauty, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. The actor was also recently cast in the third season of FX’s Fargo, the star-studded anthology series.
For those who may not be on the up and up when it comes to both Greek mythology and Wonder Woman comics, Ares is the God of War and is usually portrayed as Wonder Woman’s main villain. Though there are many different versions, the character usually works behind-the-scenes to insight war in order to increase his own strength, and Wonder Woman, who’s pretty anti-war, works to stop him. Being a god, Ares has a number of powers at his disposal and isn’t too shabby in hand-to-hand combat.
As we get closer to Wonder Woman‘s release date, Warner Bros. will be rolling out the promotional material like it’s nobodies business, so we are bound to get our first look at Ares pretty soon. Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and features Gal Gadot reprising her role as the Amazonian princess; the film is set to hit theaters on June 2, 2017. There are bound to be more Wonder Woman developments in the future so check back in with CinemaBlend and we’ll keep you updated as new information becomes available.