The new Wonder Woman trailer is here, and the internet is beyond excited about seeing DC’s first heroine film since Supergirl back in 1984. While the trailer is filled with action, bullets, fight scenes and beautiful backdrops, it seems that the trailer hasn’t made the villain very clear. Who is it? Could it be Doctor Poison? Possible spoilers ahead.
If you blink you’ll miss it amidst all the cool footage, but it looks like Doctor Poison will make an appearance in the upcoming Wonder Woman film. DC hasn’t officially revealed the identity of the villain just yet, but I reckon this is a safe bet – especially for those who know the character’s history. All the arrows point to Doctor Poison, aka Princess Maru, a nemesis of Wonder Woman.
An expert in the use of poisons, toxins and plagues, the Princess Maru version of Doctor Poison first appeared in Sensation Comics #2 and was created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter. While the second Doctor Poison first appeared in Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #151 and was created by Eric Luke and Matthew Clark.
During the trailer, we clearly see that the German forces are engineering a new airborne toxin capable of eating through a gas mask. This is a huge clue for fans. It lines up perfectly with Doctor Poison’s abilities.
In 1942 Princess Maru became Doctor Poison, who disguising her gender via a bulky hooded costume and mask, was the leader of a Nazi spy ring whose ultimate goal was to wreak havoc in the US Army by contaminating the army’s water with “reverso”, a drug that “confuses the brain centers… [making] soldiers do the exact opposite of what they are told”. This affects tens of thousands of soldiers. She kidnapped Steve Trevor and Diana Prince in an attempt to learn spy secrets. Wonder Woman escapes, but does not alert the army as Steve is still held in the fortress.
This plan is foiled by the Amazon heroine Wonder Woman in the first appearance of the Holiday Girls, who pretend to just be a parade and gets the guards to dance for them before handcuffing them and Doctor Poison is imprisoned after her identity is revealed, but she later escapes and, in 1943, now working for Japan, grounds all US planes along the front of China via a “green gas” which “enters the carburetor and stops the engine.” Wonder Woman halts this scheme as well, and Doctor Poison is imprisoned on Transformation Island, the Amazon penal colony where she pretends to be reformed. She is not seen again until 1948, when she and seven other female super-villains escape and pool their talents as Villainy Inc.; led by the Saturnian slaver Eviless, the evil eight are again defeated by Wonder Woman. Throughout most of her first appearance Doctor Poison was believed to be a male due to her disguise, and she retained this “drag king” garb in her later appearances; whether this guise was simply a necessity of assuming power within the male-dominated Axis governments or indicative of something else is difficult to say at this late date.
Wonder Woman arrives on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are also in development.