It seems that a secret from the Wonder Woman film that most people missed has finally come to light. Actor Eugene Brave Rock confirmed that Chief is indeed a demi-god in reply to a question he received from writer, Beth Elderkin, on Twitter.
Check out the tweet below:
Likely, you will recall the first time that Chief and Diana met. He spoke to her in the Blackfoot language and while it is the only un-subtitled exchange in the film, is here that Chief refers to himself as, “Napi”.
Napi (also known as Old Man) is a Blackfoot culture hero and demi-god; the first man made by the Creator. Napi is often portrayed as a trickster and troublemaker, but is well-intentioned and responsible for shaping the world.
Brave Rock also revealed that although director Patty Jenkins gave him plenty of creative freedom for the role, the meeting between Diana and Chief was part of the script – meaning that his character was always meant to be a demi-god.
Thinking back on it in the film, it makes complete sense. Chief was the first of Steve’s friends to believe in Diana and her story about the need to defeat Ares in order to stop the corruption of man and end the war. He does not hesitate to tell them, “I believe it’s true.”
Also, as Elderkin pointed out, Chief was the only person that Diana shakes hands with upon meeting them. Most likely this was Diana showing respect to a cultural hero and a demi-god.
We think it’s awesome that Chief is the demi-god Napi. What do you think? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.
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