The First War general had a major influence on the conflict and inspired the antagonist of the DC heroine in his original film
After the resounding success of Wonder Woman, in 2017, the DC heroine film will win a sequel that will premiere on December 24, 2020. The film is being anxiously awaited by fans due to its release that was supposed to have happened at the beginning of the year, but, due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, it was postponed – countless times.
Titled Wonder Woman 1984, the new production, also directed by Patty Jenkins , will feature Gal Gadot returning to the role of Diana Prince , this time set in the 1980s and facing new enemies.
Tormented by her lost love, Steve Trevor , the warrior will have to stop the evil plans of businessman Max Lord and the archenemy, Leopard Woman – two characters already known by comic book fans.
Unlike purely fictional plots, Diana Prince’s first adventure was against Ares and the architects of the First World War . Struggling to find her own identity, the heroine came across figures who, in fact, were inspired by real people.
O General Ludendorff
While in her original film, Wonder Woman comes face to face with an evil man who seeks, through biological weapons, to reach the supreme power of Germany. In reality, Erich Ludendorff was an important strategist for the German Empire and for the then growing Nazi ideology.
Born in present-day Poland, in 1865, Erich was one of the most prominent names in the first world conflict. His work led to the victory of Germany in the battles of Liège (the first of the war) and Tannenberg (a brutal episode against the Russian Empire).
His influence was such that, in 1916, he was appointed head of the German General Staff. The title was of great magnitude and was shared with another relevant figure: Paul von Hindenburg . Together they were the dictators of the imperial army, responsible for appalling cruelties that would only be overcome by the next tyrant, Adolf Hitler.
His decline came after some defeats on the battlefield. When other members of the empire were already predicting the nation’s failure, a treaty to surrender and end the war was indeed the best option, but for Ludendorff it was just absurd. The general refused all pacts to bring the conflict to an end and, when he found himself without a way out, he chose to leave office.
In his exile in Sweden, he tried at all costs to understand the reasons behind Germany’s defeat and humiliation. His nationalist ideology soon met with another that was taking its first steps: the Nazi one.
The Nazi Party relied on some of its thoughts for its rationale – and counted on its personal support. In 1923, he actively participated in an attempt, even if unsuccessful, for a coup d’état, made by none other than the Führer himself .
Two years later, already as a member of the German Parliament, a position that was elected by Hitler’s party , he ran for president; failed again. His final years were marked by disagreements with Adolf and the total redemption of political life.
According to the work of 2016, The Nazi First: Erich Ludendorff , The Man Who Made Hitler Possible (in free translation: The first Nazi: Erich Ludendorff , the man who made Hitler possible), of William Brownell and Denise Drace-Brownell , the former general went so far as to say that Hitler “was unable to rule.” Erich died of liver cancer at the age of 72, in 1937, where he lived in Germany.