Warning: Spoilers for Wonder Woman below.
Wonder Woman is pretty dang awesome. Critics enjoyed it and audiences are turning out in droves. Gal Gadot delivers a Diana who’s innocent but intelligent, empathetic yet pragmatic. Chris Pine balances being an earnest love interest and a dashing rogue. And Patty Jenkins ties it all together with visuals both epic (the battle between the Amazons and the Germans) and subtle (crushing Diana’s “secret identity” glasses underfoot). But there’s one thing the film never had time or inclination to explain: just where the heck is Themyscira?
First, let’s look at the facts. Steve Trevor was in Turkey when he discovered the dastardly plot of Doctor Poison and absconded with her journal. He was chased by the Germans until his plane crashed in Themyscira. When Diana leaves her home to go to Man’s World, she and Trevor take a sailboat. By the next morning, they have arrived in London (albeit with the help of a tugboat). Looking at a map of Earth, that makes precisely no damn sense.
Flying from Turkey to London could potentially take Steve Trevor over the following bodies of water: the Mediterranean Sea and its offshoots, the Aegean Sea, the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Adriatic Sea, the Balearic Sea, and the Alboran Sea. He could have also passed over the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara, and the English Channel. All of these places are well-traveled and have been for thousands of years. The odds of no one else ever stumbling upon Themyscira in such active bodies of water is far-fetched. Not to mention the fact none of them (save for the English Channel) are within a day’s sail of London.
So what in Amphitrite’s name is going on?
Within the comics, Themyscira has had several locations; the Bermuda Triangle and the Aegean Sea principal among them. The version of the island that makes the most sense within the realm of the Wonder Woman film though is that the island of Themyscira floats. In the comics, at one point the island is destroyed. Some of the top minds in the world use alien technology to recreate the Amazon’s home for them. A floating island — with or without alien tech — would easily explain away the geographical inconsistencies in Wonder Woman. Another option? That Themyscira is extra-dimensional and, like the Room of Requirement in Harry Potter, only appears where and when it is needed. Either way, an island powered by ancient Greek magic doesn’t need to explain itself to mere mortals like us.