Just when you think film trailers can’t get any better, they hit you with another one! (DJ Khaled voice)
Annapurna Pictures has released the official trailer for the upcoming biopic Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, about Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston and how his unconventional relationship inspired the creation of DC’s iconic Amazonian princess in 1941.
The film, starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton, will bow in theaters October 27.
Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the pic recounts the life of Marston who, while his feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston (Hall), a fellow psychologist and inventor, and their lover Olive Byrne (Heathcote).
Personally, I had never heard of William Marston before today so as usual I had to do my own little bit of research so that I could formulate my own thoughts and opinions and with the help of Google and Wikipedia I have done just that. Check out some of the things I found out during my research after you’ve viewed the film trailer.
*In a 1943 issue of “The American Scholar”, Marston wrote: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”
*Marston’s character was a native of an all-female utopia of Amazons who became a crime-fighting U.S. government agent, using her superhuman strength and agility, and her ability to force villains to submit and tell the truth by binding them with her magic lasso. Her appearance was based somewhat on Olive Byrne, and her heavy bronze bracelets (which she used to deflect bullets) were inspired by the jewelry bracelets worn by Olive Byrne.
*After her name “Suprema” was replaced with “Wonder Woman”, which was a popular term at the time that described women who were exceptionally gifted, the character made her debut in ‘All Star Comics #8 in December 1941.
*In 1985, Marston was posthumously named as one of the honorees by DC Comics in the company’s 50th anniversary publication ‘Fifty Who Made DC Great’.