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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

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The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.

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Details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student who became an academic. This relationship was key to the creation of Wonder Woman, as Elizabeth and Olive's feminist ideals were ingrained in the character from her creation. Marston died of skin cancer in 1947, but Elizabeth and Olive remained a couple and raised their and Marston's children together. The film is said to focus on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman's creation.

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R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language. | See all certifications »
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13 October 2017 (USA)  »

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$736,883 (North America) (15 October 2017)
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According to director Angela Robinson at the 2017 New York Comic Con, the producers tried to invite William Marston's granddaughter Christie Marston to a private screening of the film. Christie, however, publicly stated that they did not try a direct contact, just "via other parties". See more »

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In a scene set in the 1920's, Prof. Marston says that he was "in the OSS" during World War I. But the OSS didn't exist until 1942. In the twenties, "in the OSS" would have been meaningless. See more »

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Olive Byrne: [From trailer] A comic book, Bill?
William Moulton Marston: Well, it's perfect. I'm going to inject my ideas right into the thumping heart of America. I mean, I'll get a real artist to draw it properly.
Elizabeth Marston: She's an Amazon princess that lives on an island of all women?
William Moulton Marston: Paradise Island.
Elizabeth Marston: And a man crash lands on the island.
William Moulton Marston: Yeah. Steve Trevor, the spy.
Olive Byrne: And she wears a burlesque outfit?
William Moulton Marston: Well, it's athletic!
Olive Byrne: And silver bracelets.
William Moulton Marston: They deflect bullets.
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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
16 October 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really do love Wonder Woman. She is probably my favorite superhero. I love the 70s TV show with Lynda Carter and the recent film. So I was definitely hyped to see the inspiration for the creation of such an iconic character. The trailer immediately had me intrigued. An unconventional and BDSM filled relationship being the inspiration for Wonder Woman? Very exciting prospect. I did like the film though the film is more engaging in some aspects and draining in others.

The film follows William Moulton Marston and his wife Elizabeth. Marston was known to be an inventor of an early version of the lie detector. The couple decide to form a relationship with their teaching assistant, despite being a very forbidden thought in the pre World War II era. This relationship and Olive Byrne (the teaching assistant) become the inspiration for Marston's Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is seen as disgusting at first by the media and as something that would never take off. Well guess what? I firstly loved Bella Heathcote in this. I liked her in Neon Demon but this was her real breakout performance. Her humanity is so on display, you can't help but fall in love with her. The film is also complemented with a typically great Rebecca Hall performance, she remains quite underrated. The story telling isn't always strong as the film does spend lengthy time on the development of the relationship. The film also really doesn't set itself far apart from other biopics.

The main strength of the film is its source material. This is a very interesting story. Especially if you love Wonder Woman. The inspiration for one of the most beloved superheros is rooted in a poly-amorous relationship, that's fantastic. Overall, the film isn't spectacular but the acting delivers a credible relationship and the film is a nice segway into the backstory of a hero we all know and love.

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