‘Professor Marston & The Wonder Women’ Trailer Explores ‘Wonder Woman’s Unusual Origin

     July 18, 2017

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Annapurna has released the first full Professor Marston & The Wonder Women trailer. Fans got a glimpse of the film when it was teased ahead of Wonder Woman, but this new trailer really goes in depth with what the movie is about, which follows William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) and his polygamous relationship with his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and mistress Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote).

Surprisingly, this trailer really only brushes up against the creation of Wonder Woman, showing it more as the result of a larger story rather than the focal point, which is fair. The relationship between these three people is fascinating, and the story looks more like Kinsey than any superhero tale. Hopefully, the film does a solid job of reconciling the contradictions at the heart of Wonder Woman’s creation.

Check out the Professor Marston & The Wonder Women trailer below. The film opens on October 27th and also stars Connie Britton. If you want to know more about the unique origins of Wonder Woman, check out Jill Lepore’s book The Secret History of Wonder Woman or listen to Lepore’s interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

Here’s the official synopsis for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women:

In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film 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.

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