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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines sounds like the sort of documentary that I’ll force my daughter to watch when she’s a little older. Using the character of Wonder Woman as a lens to examine the popular perception of women in American society, the new film explores how the character has changed over the decades to reflect or refute the current perception of that role.

In his review on Newsarama, Seth Robison describes the film as charting “the history of fictional heroic women in all modern media starting with the creation of Wonder Woman during World War II, the character’s development over the past seventy years, how other fictional female heroes were influenced by Wonder Woman and how society’s view of women in that kind of role played a part in the creation of characters from The Bionic Woman to Xena to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

That’s a tale that needs telling. Not just to remind us of where we’ve been as a country and as a culture, but to help chart where we’re going. Wonder Women! is currently playing in select theaters and will, apparently, premiere on televisions nationwide on PBS this April 15th. Set your DVRs and adjust your tiaras accordingly.

3 Responses

  1. Tali Adina

    I’m definitely looking forward to this documentary! Wonder Woman is a favorite character of mine and I love learning about history and PBS is the perfect place for this film to air.

  2. Bob Reyer

    I’ve just finished watching Wonder Women, and let me simply say that it is was a brilliant piece of work! It was informative, providing historical and societal context for the character of Wonder Woman through her long history, but entertaining and often quite moving as well, when “civilians” recount their life-stories and how they were touched by the Amazon Princess. The film also features a fine cast of commenters in Gloria Steinham, Trina Robbins, Kathleen Hanna, Gail Simone and many others,who add mightily to the proceedings.

    Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan deserves high marks for this “Wonderful” film, and it is highly recommended!


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