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'Azkaban' Star David Thewlis Plays CGI Ares in 'Wonder Woman'

When you think of Ares, the Greek god of war, what comes to mind?

Do you think of a massive, muscular, angry, shouty man?

Or, do you think of a soft-spoken Brit with a slight lisp and a fondness for staring longingly into Daniel Radcliffe’s eyes?

If your vision of Ares, the creator of Wonder Woman (in some versions of the mythology) lines up with Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, then you’re in luck—that’s exactly what you’ll be getting.

It’s been revealed that David Thewlis, who played Professor Lupin in several of the Harry Potter movies, has had a bunch of ping-pong balls and little dots stuck onto his face so that he can be transformed into the largely CGI hulking monster that is Ares.

According to reports, Ares won’t show up until the third act of the movie (hence his lack of presence in any of the trailers thus far). That said, we do have a look at what the character will look like, courtesy of the Ares action figure.

Greek myth is full of wonderful stories and fantastic origins for various gods. It might surprise historians, though, to discover that Ares is apparently the son of Skeletor—if, that is, Skeletor is really into bestiality.

It’s hard to understand, considering this character design, how exactly director Patty Jenkins thinks that David Thewlis will be the right choice to breathe life into a giant muscular warrior with a ram skull for a face.

This isn’t to say that Thewlis can’t do a good job with the role, but in a movie set amid the conflict of World War I, there are surely some more appropriate roles for an actor of his particular skills to tackle.

Thewlis would make a great scientist, or military commander. His prim and proper Harry Potter accent would fit perfectly within the setting of the Great War.

But no, he’s playing a generic DC CGI monster, for some reason.

At least Warner Bros has been kind enough not to reveal the character in a bunch of trailers that essentially zaps away the tension from the first half of the movie. It seems they’ve learned something from Batman v Superman after all.

That said, there is still one more trailer to come. Let’s all cross out fingers that DC doesn’t ruin things.

The most likely scenario here is that David Thewlis, in addition to doing a bunch of motion capture nonsense, also plays Ares in some kind of secret human form.

That’d be fun—we think this bumbling British sidekick is a harmless mentor figure to our hero, before, plot twist, he transforms into a terrible monster that puts everyone in danger.

Wait a minute, isn’t that literally the plot of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, minus all the hippogriffs and time travel?

So Wonder Woman is Harry Potter without any of the fun stuff, substituting one of the most pointless, brutal, emotionally exhausting wars in modern history in place of a magic castle full of colorful characters and funky levitation spells?

Windgardium Levioh-snap.

Matthew loffhagen

Matthew Loffhagen

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