The only way the entire world would be willing to lay the blame for Gozergeddon at the feet of the Ghostbusters is if they'd been swayed into believing that it was all nothing but a big hoax. Maybe the Ghostbusters were accused of doing it to promote their business, or to start a war with the ethereal dimension, or all to hit on Sigourney Weaver. (OK, that one's feasible.) The precise "motive" doesn't matter; a significant sector of the population would go along with any explanation, because it's easier to believe that it was shenanigans rather than, say, proof that the afterlife exists and that our understanding of life and death and the Universe is totally and utterly wrong.
Columbia PicturesJust about anything can melt marshmallows.
Hell, 1984 was the year when Art Bell's Coast To Coast AM, the original InfoWars, started transmitting. That, along with cable news, the tabloids, and Weekly World News could have put paid to anyone's reputation. With the change in public opinion, it wouldn't take long for someone to pass legislation to protect themselves and the innocent sheeple from those dangerous con artists they heard about on the radio (between ads for virility shots and brain pills, naturally).
Where The Hell Was Wonder Woman During World War II?
One of the weirdest questions raised in the Wonder Woman movie is why, having helped end the Great War, Diana hung up her lasso, kicked back with a hot cup of cocoa, and watched the even worse sequel from the sidelines. She swore an oath to hide herself away, sure, but she nearly murdered an entire castle because of one gassed village. How long did you think that oath would have lasted when she started to hear rumors about the Holocaust?
So if she didn't shy away because of her oath, what's another possible explanation? Well, how about her taking a knee because she was cheering for the other team?
Warner Bros. TelevisionNazis, we mean. Not a euphemism.
We're not saying that Diana low-key loves herself some world domination and genocide. We're just saying that it's not that hard to imagine her being swayed by certain components of the Nazi ideology -- notably, those parts concerning antiquity and religion.
After the Nazis came to power, they began conducting archaeological "research" in areas all over the world, with the aim of proving that all of history's greatest civilizations were descended from German/Aryan stock. One of their biggest fascinations was Ancient Greece, and so the Ahnenerbe (the bad guys from Indiana Jones) conducted dozens of archaeological excavations across the country and manipulated the historical record to "prove" the true ancestry of the Greeks. This tiramisu of lies was topped with a hearty dose of cultural appropriation, courtesy of their "taking back" the torch rallies of the old-timey Olympic Games for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.
Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1976-116-08A/CC-BY-SA 3.0How do you say "citation extremely needed" in German?
You can probably guess where we're going with this. Diana and the Amazons are practically time-displaced ancient Greeks. It's also important to note that the Nazi propaganda machine painted the Aryans as a strong warrior race. You know, like that strong warrior race Diana belongs to. What if she didn't stomp Nazi ass because she saw them as similar to her own people? As for why she didn't stomp us, let's be thankful that no hunky Teutonic pilots dropped from the sky and seduced her into becoming Wunderbar Uberfrau. Hey, it wouldn't be the worst thing the DC Extended Universe has ever done.
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