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Wonder Women – The Untold Story of American Superheroines is a documentary must see this year. The film is about the greatest female superheroine of all time; Wonder Woman and her ups and downs from her early years in the 1940´s until present day and how she has influenced women all over the world. The 1970´s was her prime time so to speak when actress Lynda Carter starred as Wonder Women in hit television series about the superheroine. With her golden tiara, bulletproof bracelets, the Lasso of truth, Wonder Woman fought all the crooks and made the world a better place.
Wonder Women – The Untold Story of American Superheroines is also a documentary about representations of strong leading female characters in recent feature films and women´s liberations. Interviewees in the film include Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox, comic writers and artists and of course Lynda Carter. The film is directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan (2012) who grew up with Carter´s portraial of Wonder Woman. In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Guevara-Flanagan talks about how women´s visability in comics reflects their status in real life.
“[…] in the 1940s when we started to see a few characters like Wonder Woman who were strong and at the center of their own story. And then in the 50s they were pulled back because society said we need women in the home. And then in the 70s with the women’s movement you have these characters kind of trickle out into popular culture like Wonder Woman, the Bionic Woman and Charlies Angels — well Charlie’s angels is up for grabs — but at least women starring in and figuring out their own missions. And then you get to the 80s and then there was regression and backlash and I think we continue to experience that with these strong characters who are not seen as marketable or viable. “
We all need role models in life when growing up and even as adults. Strong persons, fictional characters or not, can help us get through the day as pointed out by the youngster Katie; “Not all superheroes have powers, like, most of them are just regular people, but they became something more, and that’s how they inspire me,” she says in the film. “Sometimes I get picked on at school but I just tell myself, ‘Keep going, keep going, you’re going to be more.’ Because some day they’re going to be wishing that they treated me better.” And this tactic of hers seems to be working well. Katie practises archery and just one day we might see her in the Olympics if she continues to hit the very center of the disk like she does in the film.
The documentary premiered at South by South West Film Festival in Austin, Texas recently and hopefully it will get a world-wide distribution sooner than later. The film is for adults and children, men and women. It´s important to introduce Wonder Woman as well as real life superheroines to younger generations who know little or nothing about feminism and gender equality.
Wonder Woman is still going strong. She now has a female writer, Gail Simone, who makes comics about all her adventures, the first ever female writer to write the story of Wonder Woman. Despite her age, Wonder Woman is still as beautiful as before. She is loved by many and envied by some. What woman would not like to get her Lasso of Truth?!
Following is the trailer for the film and a brilliant scene with Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the 1970’s. The photos with this post are from the film´s website. Have a WONDERful weekend!