The documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines has been getting a ton of buzz over the past year. Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, the film tells the story of Wonder Woman and other female heroes in popular culture. Here’s the official synopsis:
WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.
WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
And here’s a trailer:
It premiered at SXSW in 2012, and has played severals festivals and conventions since, and finally it’s reaching a wider audience when it airs on PBS on April 15 as part of their Independent Lens documentary series. I’ve been wanting to see this for some time, and I’m very excited that it’s going to air soon! It looks really interesting, and it’s got a stellar lineup of interviewees. I’m particularly curious to see their take on the original Wonder Woman, because over the years Marston’s approach to the character has been recast and modernized to fit a more current view of feminism.
Look for Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines on April 15!! I’ll likely post a reminder as the day nears.