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The similarities of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ to a classic horror tale

The superhero Wonder Woman, which is how Princess Diana of Themiscira or Diana Prince is known in the modern world, was devised for DC Comics by the American psychologist William Moulton Marston in 1941. But this origin does not preclude her film adaptations from being inspired or bring to mind other stories outside of its main narrative corpus. Even prior to the same as in the case of Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins, 2020). Because you witness the misadventures of its protagonist and, if you know about him, it is a great mistake not to remember a classic horror story.

You attend the misadventures of Wonder Woman 1984 and, if you know about it, you must be very confused not to remember the story The Monkey’s Paw

We refer to The Monkey’s Paw, a chilling work by British William Wymark Jacobs (1902). Not because of its well-deserved fame but because of its great literary quality, amateur genre readers shouldn’t stop reading it. And when they finish it with wide eyes and a cold finger running down their spine, they will be able to understand so many tributes they have paid to him. Like the plot of “The Monkey’s Paw: A Retelling” (3×26), a chapter a very obvious title from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965), and “Last Respects” (7×02), another of Tales from the Crypt ( Steven Dodd, 1989-1996).

Without forgetting the wonderful parody of The monkey’s paw in the episode “Treehouse of Horror 2” (3×07) of The Simpsons (Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Sam Simon, since 1989). Not the free adaptation of “Forever” (5×17), a very successful installment of Buffy, the vampire slayer (Josh Whedon, 1996-2003). Or what happens in the chapter “Something Ricked This Way Comes” (1×09) by Rick and Morty (Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, since 2013). Further, Stephen King He mentions it several times in his essay Danza macabra (1981). And has stated that was one of the inspirations for his gloomy novel Animal Cemetery (1983).

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They have chosen the god Dolos as the absent villain and creator of the Stone of Dreams to unite the Wonder Woman films into a microcosm of their own

The point is that both the happy stuffed limb of an ape and the Stone of Dreams Wonder Woman 1984 magically grant wishes. At first It was introduced to us in Justice League of America number nineteen (Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky, 1963). Also called Materioptikon, it was the work of the evil Doctor Destiny and made the dream world of its bearer a reality. However, in the universe after the twelve volumes of Crisis on Infinite Earths (Marv Wolfman, George Pérez, Dick Giordano and Jerry Ordway, 1985-1986), the person responsible for its existence is Dream.

This character arose for The Sandman (Neil Gaiman and others, 1989-2013), a series of dark and non-superhero fantasy comics. But what we contemplate in Wonder Woman 1984 differs entirely from this illustrated background. In the continuation of the original film (Jenkins, 2017), the Stone of Dreams was created by Dolos, god of betrayal and mischief. The reason that he was chosen as an absent villain, as his colleague Ares is from Wonder Woman, responds to the clear purpose of uniting the specific narrative of Diana Prince. To make a microcosm of their own out of their exploits.

The Stone of Dreams and the Monkey’s Paw snatch very important things from those who make wishes, resurrect a beloved young man for his terrible absence, and then renounce him

And, in both The Monkey’s Paw and the new film, the ominous object takes very important things away from those who recklessly make wishes of it. And one of them is resurrecting someone you love. A person who died under violent circumstances, long before normal life expectancies and leaving a terrible absence behind. With a deep affectation in those who have survived him and who, ultimately, are forced to give up such a desire. AND, However, Wonder Woman 1984 is not as devastating despite these similarities as WW Jacobs’ account.

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