Professor Marston And The Wonder Women

Meet the women behind the man behind the woman.

The true story of Wonder Woman’s creation is, perhaps, stranger and weirder than the character’s own comic book biography.

One of three posters for the curious biographical drama Professor Marston And the Wonder WomenPrincess Diana, or Wonder Woman, is merely an Amazonian superhero raised on a secluded island of women and sent to Man’s World to punch Nazis. William Moulton Marston was an academic psychotherapist (and inventor of the lie detector) who imagined the Wonder Woman character as a combination of the two strongest women he knew: his wife, Elizabeth, and their partner Olive Byrne, with whom they shared a home and a relationship for more than a decade. And Wonder Woman’s predilection for shaming her female foes and the occasional bondage situation came from the threesome’s flirtations with BDSM.

Writer/director Robinson tells their story straight. That means Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote get to play complex, credible human beings struck by unexpected attraction.

It’s a risky move, and it pays off in a genuinely moving story with great performances from all three leads, but especially Hall. She makes sure we understand every facet of Elizabeth’s frustration at being a progressive woman in that other Man’s World – you know, 20th-century America.

– Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

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