Comic fans at long last got the ‘Wonder Woman’ movie they’d been hoping for with Patty Jenkins’ summer blockbuster. If that weren’t enough, Annapurna Pictures has been making the festival circuit with their decidedly lower-budget peek behind the scenes, ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,’ the true story biopic of William Moulton Marston (portrayed by Luke Evans), the man who created DC’s Amazing Amazon based in part on his polyamorous relationship with his wife, academic Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and their student/live-in-lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote). Directed by Angela Robinson, this film has gotten raves at festivals and is set to go wide later this month.
In anticipation, Annapurna has released a final trailer that gives a glimpse at Marston’s creation of “Suprema the Wonder Woman” or as she would eventually be known as, simply Wonder Woman. The original ‘Wonder Woman’ comics have a reputation for including heavy S&M content, but ‘Professor Marston’ has gotten praise for emphasizing that the relationship between the Marstons and Byrne is loving and consensual despite society being unaccepting at that time.
Hall’s depiction of Elizabeth Marston has been singled out but it appears that all the performances in this picture are noteworthy. Check out the final trailer below:
In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.
‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ opens everywhere on October.