Doctor Maru Will Be Another Villain in ‘WONDER WOMAN’ Film
The Greek God Ares has been talked a lot about as the villain in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming WONDER WOMAN solo film, but there’s another villain that’s hiding and isn’t getting much attention.
Elena Anaya, who is playing Doctor Maru aka Doctor Poison, is another villain in the film, a classic Wonder Woman villain that first appeared in Sensation Comics #2 back in 1942, and was created by Wonder Woman’s creator himself, William Moulton Marston.
In the film, Doctor Maru works hand in hand with Danny Huston’s General Erich Lundendorff, a rogue German general that is trying to stall all peace talks. Maru uses her talents to create gases and poisons to help General Lundendorff.
Director Patty Jenkins said about the character:
“I thought it was important that it not be evil done by any gender or any person is about damage and darkness, and what creates evil. She’s an interesting character, we don’t get super into her backstory, but we know her backstory which is that she’s a woman whose had all kinds of damage in her life and now she delights in bringing that to other people’s lives, like, ‘Oh, now you see what I know. You can’t take it.’ There is that way of being a damaged and dark person where you’re waiting for other people to face that wrath too. The naivety is in infuriating (to her). So I loved that about her, and she’s a character who is focused in on developing all kinds of toxic weapons and tools.”
One thing to remember is that the gas Dr. Maru has created for General Lundendorff is the weapon they intend to drop all over Europe and kill millions with, which is at the center of the plot of the film. Steve Trevor has gotten his hands on the formula for the gas and has it in his possession when he crash lands off Themyscira, leading to his meeting Diana and kicking off the events of the film.
Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2.