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Marston’s Wonder Women

by on Jul.27, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer

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I’d previously noted how the creator of Wonder Woman, Dr. William Moulton Marston, was a man ahead of his time with his progressive sexual politics in early/mid 20th century America. He was part of a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizbeth and another woman, Olive. He had strong opinions about the value of women, S&M/bondage, loving submissiveness, and other radical ideas of the time. All of these informed his creation of Wonder Woman and the stories he wrote for her comic.

Now, his story will be told in a movie starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton, and Oliver Platt. Directed by Angela Robinson, this biography will help give fans (and even casual viewers) some context to the character of Wonder Woman.

It’s also an interesting coincidence that this indie film, which has been in development for years, finally gets to be shown on the heels of the successful Wonder Woman film.

This is something I look forward to.

P.S. I think I read somewhere that this isn’t endorsed/authorized by the Marston estate, though I’m not sure. So, this is something to keep in mind as well.

Update 15 October 2017: It’s confirmed that this film is not endorsed by the Marston family, and they are in fact criticizing its inaccurate depictions and the fact that no one from the estate was ever consulted (among other things). I will likely not support this film, particularly now that it seems more like a cash grab than anything else.

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