Wonder Woman, Origin Story

Wonder Woman is capturing more than the bad guys, she is breaking box office records and seizing the cultural moment, causing critics to rave and commentators to comment. She is also triggering a new film, an indie picture about her real-life origins.

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, written and directed by Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S., The L Word), details the life of Harvard psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston who created the iconic character. Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) plays Marston with Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) as his wife Elizabeth and Bella Heathcote (Fifty Shades Darker) as his former student and their joint lover, Olive. Both women served as models and inspiration for Wonder Woman.

Deadline Hollywood writes “Marston created DC’s iconic Amazonian princess with significant input from Elizabeth having been inspired to do so by Olive – Marston, like Wonder Woman, was profoundly influenced by the feminist ideals espoused by Elizabeth and Olive. ”

A brief, and cryptic trailer has been released and there is an interactive teaser site with the characters drawn in comic style.

Adding a bit more information, The Hollywood Reporter posted the official description:

“In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, is the true story of 1940s Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, the inventor of the lie detector and creator of the iconic Wonder Woman, who defends his feminist superhero against charges of ‘sexual perversity’ while at the same time maintaining a secret that could have destroyed him. Unknown to others, Marston’s inspiration for Wonder Woman was his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women in the field of psychology who defied convention, building a secret life together with Marston that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.”

ScreenRant says the “the project is still very much in development” and there is no word on a premiere date. In the meantime, VOX and Smithsonian magazine offer further details on Wonder Woman’s origins.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman (PRH/Knopf; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample; 2014) by New Yorker writer Jill Lepore, was described as “the most extensive account ever written of Marston and his milieu, using archival sources that no one else has had access to.”

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