In the 40’s a new superhero joined the rest of the super friends at Sensation Comics (which would later come to be known as DC comics), the hero’s name Wonder Woman. In the new film “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” we go behind the ink and page to see how and why the Amazonian princess came to be. Through flashbacks of his life while he is grilled by the head of  some oversight board, Josette Frank (Connie Briton, “Nashville“, “American Horror Story“) for Wonder Woman’s overtly sexual undertones William Marston fights to save his beloved Wonder Woman. William Marston (Luke Evans, “The Fate of the Furious“, “Beauty and the Beast“), a psychology professor at Harvard, had been working with his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall, “The BFG“, “Iron Man 3“) on a new invention, a lie detector test, with little to no success. All this would change when his eye is caught by one of his young students, Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote, “Fifty Shades Darker“, “The Man in the High Castle“), who the academic couple quickly bring on as an assistant. Tension soon arises when feelings begin to intertwine with the work and the inquisitive professors are able to unlock the key to not only their lives work but their hearts as well. While Olive and Elizabeth struggle with feelings that are unacceptable in their day and age Marston realizes that when in the midst of a lie, your heart rate and breathing change and viola, their invention is set on the path to becoming one of the most used implements in law. (All though Marston does not patent it and gets nothing from his years of hard work.) The three, no longer able to resist their attractions, find themselves embroiled in controversy, out of a job and expecting their first child. Admitting that none of them can live without the other they begin living a life that they must keep secret for fear of ridicule and retaliation. While they create this beautifully symbiotic love triangle they become introduced to a world even more frowned upon, bondage and submission. Intrigued and aroused by the concept the trio begin experimenting with the lifestyle and through this William is inspired to create a comic book character like the world has never seen, Wonder Woman. Tribulations, heart-break and fear find their way into the trios life and family as they struggle to maintain the happiness they had worked so hard to build for themselves. Will their love and family be able to survive all the controversy?

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” is a beautifully relevant love story with one of the most iconic feminist symbols origin as a backdrop. This movie is less about Wonder Woman and more about the lives of three people in love trying to build their idea of what a family truly is. Though these three lived in a time where their love could very well get them killed at the very least shunned from society these courageous people lived their truth the best way they could which so many today still struggle to be able to do and this is why though a period piece the subject is still so relevant. Angela Robinson (“D.E.B.S“, “True Blood“) , whom both wrote and directed this film, told this still very controversial tale with both a delicate touch and a masterful eye. Though the director/writer did a fantastic job it is once again the actors who made this film everything that it is. The dynamic connection the three stars were able to create made this unique love story that much more poignant and engrossing. So, my hats off to the entire cast and crew for taking a story that needed to be told and telling it with such passion.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” may suffer in the box offices, after all it did not find itself in all theaters as many of the bigger films do, but it still warrants a consideration when thinking about what to see at the theater. If you are looking for a love story that will break your heart and a film with an underlying message about tolerance, the family construct and a little comic book history to boot then hop in that invisible plane and head out to see “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women“.



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