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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

  • 2017
  • R
  • 108min
  • 86%
  • 7.1 / 10

The film tells the true story of the life and accomplishments of Dr. William Mouton Marston, a Harvard psychologist in the 1940s, who found fame in the creation of the comic book character Wonder Woman, along with assisting in inventions such as the modern polygraph lie detector test. This invention even influenced the design of Wonder Woman, and her iconic weapon, the lasso of truth. The movie explores Marston's relationships with his wife and a former student of his, both of whom directly influenced the creation and characterization of Wonder Woman, through their support of the then revolutionary feminist movement in America. As such, we see how Marston handles the public's reaction to such a new character, amidst controversial opinions on feminism and women's role in society.

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The appearance of Wonder Woman was touted by William Marston as a character to counteract the “blood-curdling masculinity” that was prevalent in the comic book industry. He brought in his first script for the character in February 1941 after being appointed by Maxwell Charles Gaines’ editorial board. The film explored Marston’s inspirations for the character – his wife, Elizabeth, and one of his students from Tufts University, Olive Byrne. Though it was made with creative liberty that Olive and Elizabeth were also romantically linked to one another, the truth is that they had only remained close friends. In reality, Marston engaged in a polyamorous relationship with the two women. They had birthed him two children each, and they remained close to each other years after Marston’s death.

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a 2017 American biographical film written and directed by Angela Robinson. The film was produced by Terry Leonard and Amy Redford. It is based on the life of William Moulton Marston, creator of the DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman. The movie stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Oliver Platt. Production for the film was handled by Boxspring Entertainment and Stage 6 Films, with distribution by Annapurna Pictures. It earned $2 million in its theatrical run.