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Long ago, the Amazons battled Ares, God of War. During this battle, the Amazon Queen Hippolyta decapitates Ares' son and defeats Ares. Zeus stops Hippolyta from slaying Ares, with Hera binding Ares' powers through enchanted bracers. In return, the Amazons are granted Themyscira. This island gives the Amazons eternal youth and isolation from Man while guarding Ares. Later still, Hippolyta is given a daughter, Diana, through blood, sand, and magic.

1,000 years later, pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands, soon becoming noticed by the Amazons. After defeating Steve in a skirmish, Diana takes him to Hippolyta. Hippolyta decrees that Steve should be sent home. While Diana volunteers, she is instead given guard duty over Ares. Defiant and hiding her face, Diana sneaks into the competition which will decide who will return Steve to the U.S.A.

Elsewhere, Persephone has fallen for Ares and releases him after killing Alexa, the Amazonian who overtook Diana's guard duty. Now tasked to recapture Ares, Diana takes Steve to New York City. Steve offers to help her, learning that violence has spiked within a pattern since Ares' liberation. Steve posts that they should eventually be able to find him with time, suggesting a bar until then. While the two spend time drinking, Deimos attacks them. Despite killing himself rather than be interrogated, a clue on Deimos' body leads to a secret temple of Ares. Upon their arrival, Ares summons harpies to kill Diana, urging Steve to save her instead of stopping Ares. With the heroes occupied, Ares sacrifices Persephone to enter the Underworld and speak with Hades. Hades is persuaded to remove Ares' bracers.

Ares leads his army on Washington, D.C., with Trevor, Diana, and Themyscira opposing him. Ares reanimates the dead to grow his army, including Alexa and Persephone. Alexa is still able to pass on an incantation, which turns the undead on Ares. Elsewhere, the President orders a nuclear strike against Themyscira under Ares' influence. However, Steve shoots the missile down before it strikes, while Diana finally ends Ares' life.

The film's epilogue shows Diana being permitted to remain within the world of Man as a diplomat, ending with an encounter with longtime villain Cheetah.

| 2009 | 1 hr 15 min | 7.4/10
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