It’s a sad fact, but we should probably establish it here and now: movie characters aren’t real. Even those that ARE based on real people are churned through the movie-making process, and often come out the other side reeking more of Hollywood nonsense than they do anything resembling realism. Though this practice has evolved specifically to make movies more enjoyable, an unfortunate byproduct is that movie characters simply aren’t bound by the rules of logic.
The fact that movie characters are free from the same earthly constraints as you or I may seem obvious, but sometimes it’s simply taken too far. Some movies go insane with the power that this offers them, and the result is characters that just don’t make sense. Often, this doesn’t affect the roots of the character, but rather just a few minor aspects. Even so, it’s impossible to ignore.
Most of the time, this manifests in abilities illogically written in for nothing more than service to the plot, and others, it’s a bizarre quality or decision that just doesn’t quite gel with the character. In many cases, these elements don’t really serve any genuine purpose other than convenience – whether that’s in service of story, comedy, or drama changes from film to film. With all that in mind, here are 9 times that movie characters just didn’t make sense.
9. Diana Prince Suddenly Stops Aging – Wonder Woman
Pointing out the lack of realism in a superhero movie is bit like pointing out the heat in summer: it’s sort of there by definition. Even so, superhero movies should (and largely are) still bound by an internal logic, because without an established foundation for the nonsense they convey they tend to fall apart faster than Sandman in a rainstorm. Put into practice, this simply means that superhero movies have to properly explain the nature of the power that their heroes (and villains) possess.
Unfortunately, Wonder Woman falls short in that particular regard. It goes as far as explain that Diana is the only child on Themyscira, and it fleetingly shows elements of her childhood and her training before she reaches her full potential. What it doesn’t explain, however, is how Diana’s aging works.
In the film’s first act, Diana is a child. It then shows her aging in a relatively normal way (or so it appears), but once she reaches adulthood, she seems to stop aging. As the events of Wonder Woman and Batman v Superman are roughly 100 years apart but the character doesnt age at all in that time, it’s implied that her aging simply stopped once she reached maturity. It’s a minor but nagging issue that the film does nothing to explain, meaning that it makes no sense whatsoever.