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‘PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN’ Director Angela Robinson Talks Film

July 20, 2017

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Writer-director Angela Robinson has brought the origins of how Harvard psychologist created the iconic superhero Wonder Woman with her upcoming film PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN. While the film hasn’t been released, it will certainly cause controversy. Robinson spoke at the San Diego Comic-Con about bringing a different side of the hero experience, stripping away the flash, and going deep into the social psyche of the creation of an icon who worked on his relationship issues by creating a superhero.

The film centers on Dr. Marston (Luke Evans) and the events of his life that led to the creation of the DC Comics’ Amazonian princess in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife and fellow psychologist Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and Olivia Byrne (Bella Heathcote) a former student. These two women in his life and their feminist ideas influenced him to creating Wonder Woman– and in the 40s’ caused controversy. His lifestyle was deemed as perverted and his progressive comic book received backlash from the community.

Robinson shared her views about Marston’s story saying:

” I got interested after making my first feature with Jordana Brewster and she knew I was a crazy Wonder Woman fan, and she gave me this book on her. There was a chapter about the Marstons and the story went on and on and lodged in my brain and I became obsessed with it.”

While the film tells the story story of the main character, Robinson said that Marston had a theory about men, women and submission and that is depicted on the film.

“Men were violent and anachronistic, while women were nurturing and caring. [Marston] said that if women ruled the world it would be better– and he was on to something.”

And from there came the story of the Amazonian princess that we know as Wonder Woman.

While Marston made a narrative of domination and submissing in a subtext of the superhero character, it is not “kinky.” Robinson said that Wonder Woman was created in order to make boys and men respect powerful women and it was shown through the use of imagery of bondage and even Wonder Woman’s general appearance.

Starring Luke Evans as Dr. William Moulton Marston, Rebecca Hall as Elizabeth Marston, Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne, Connie Britton and Oliver Platt.

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women hits theaters on October 27.

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