The comic book world is filled with different types of villains. There’s the evil genius, the anti-hero, the archenemy, supervillain, and so much more. While they share a passion for dastardly deeds, their motives are what separate them. Some are obsessed with power, others wealth, and some just want to watch the world burn. There’s a litany of bad guys in the DC Comics universe, so when a Wonder Woman film was announced, we all waited to find out who she’d be trading blows with on the big screen. Now that the film is released, we know that Doctor Poison will be one of the film antagonists. You’re very likely asking yourself, “who is Doctor Poison?” It’s a great question, so let’s find out together!
The Princess and the Poison
Doctor Poison (called Princess Maru), first appeared in Sensation Comics #2 (1942) created by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter. She was the chief of the poison division for a Nazi contingency. They were planning to poison the United States Army’s water with a drug called “Reverso,” which compelled whoever takes it to do the opposite of what they’re told. Wonder Woman would discover that Doctor Poison was actually Maru, a Japanese princess. She’s worked alongside several of Wonder Woman’s common enemies including Cheetah and Ares (unbeknownst to her).
Doctor Poison possess no special powers or abilities, however, she’s an expert in the use of pathogens, poisons, toxins, and plagues. She uses her scientific genius against those who would oppose her to achieve her evil goals. She’s been a thorn in Wonder Woman’s side for years, kidnapping Steve Trevor on several occasions. She’s driven by a need to be the best and to be the most destructive at her craft and in the comics, she’s driven by revenge.
Paging Dr. Maru
In the upcoming Wonder Woman film, Doctor Poison is being portrayed by Elena Anaya. She’s dedicated to helping German General Erich Ludendorff in his pursuit to win the first World War. She provides him with a new type of chemical warfare that will destroy gas masks and gives Ludendorff a drug that gives him temporary super-strength to focus and regain his strength. Doctor Maru may not seem like a baddie to be feared, but she’s extremely driven and smart and is an expert in ways to kill from a distance. She poses a real threat to her enemies, including the Amazonian Princess, Wonder Woman.