This 'Wonder Woman' Fan Theory Could Explain a Major Plot Hole
One of the most head-scratching moments in the new Wonder Woman film is when Diana’s aunt, Antiope (played by Robin Wright) [SPOILER] jumps in front of a German soldier who’s about to shoot her niece. Antiope knows good and well that Diana is immortal (and thus wouldn’t die from a gunshot), so why would she jump in front of her? You could chock this up to just familial instincts: Perhaps Antiope got caught up in the heat of battle and impulsively jumped in front of Diana. In intense situations, logic almost always goes out the window. (And it’s also worth noting that at this point in the movie, the audience doesn’t know Diana is immortal either—it would have been a huge twist to reveal so early in the film.)
But Reddit user GoesOff_On_Tangent has another idea. In a very convincing post, he/she theorizes that Antiope sacrificed herself for Diana so Diana wouldn’t find out she’s immortal.
According to GoesOff_On_Tangent, if Diana found out that nothing in this world could kill her, she might try to hastily attack Ares (the film’s villain) and risk hurting herself (and the people around her).
“If Diana took a bullet and found herself not affected by it, she’d then start thinking,’Holy s–t, am I a superhuman or a god or something? Will I not be hurt or killed by anything?’ Antiope was worried that if Diana found this out, she’d either just run into a battle with Ares head on, or do something stupid that Ares would find her more easily,” GoesOff_On_Tangent writes.
This makes sense, if you remember two things Diana’s mother said about her in the film: “She must never know the truth of what she is” and, “The more she knows, the easier it will be for Ares to find her.”
GoesOff_On_Tangent also thinks that if Diana knew she was immortal, she’d become a “lazy” warrior and not fight with the same “integrity”—so it’s possible Antiope jumped in front of her to prevent this from happening too.
“[Antiope] trained her harder than anyone, personally made her the strongest Amazonian, and if Diana figured out that she was a god, she wouldn’t have to work as hard anymore or even fight as toughly,” the user writes. “She’d lose her moral compass. She could just walk into No Man’s Land like no big deal or even decide not to fight at all since she’s immortal, instead of fighting with honor and integrity.”
This is certainly an interesting hypothesis, but something tells us Diana doesn’t have a lazy bone in her body. She is Wonder Woman, after all.