Despite 75 years on the page, Wonder Woman never really got the big movie adaptation she deserved — until the brand new DCEU made the brilliant decision to cast Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, and the character made its first appearance in this year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Now, it seems the hype around the movie is paying off, with another movie centering around our favorite superheroine on the way: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, a biopic of Wonder Woman's creator, has just started production. Focusing on the life of William Moulton Marston, the film will explore how the writer's personal life influenced the creation of Wonder Woman.
Professor Marston And The Wonder Women Will Star Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall And Bella Heathcote
Luke Evans, who's currently starring alongside Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train and will feature as Gaston in Disney's upcoming Beauty and the Beast, will star as psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, the man who created Wonder Woman in the 1940s. A fervent feminist, Marston was inspired by his wife Elizabeth and their open relationship with Olive Byrne to bring a strong female and bisexual character to life. Rebecca Hall, who was recently in The BFG, will play Elizabeth, and The Neon Demon's Bella Heathcote was cast as Olive. Angela Robinson, who worked on True Blood, wrote the script and will direct.
Putting Wonder Woman's Queerness In The Spotlight Has Never Been More Important
If you're familiar with the early Wonder Woman comics, you know they contain plenty of kinky bondage themes and were never shy of addressing the Amazon's eventful sex life. Add to that the exclusion of men from the island on which Diana was born, and it's not hard to imagine the reaction to the comic's first release in the 1940s — especially when it's still causing a stir today to declare that she was indeed intended to be queer. At the same time, Marston had to hide his unusual ménage à trois from the public; considering the character was born straight from their own fantasies and beliefs, it'll be interesting to see how the three of them handled the public reception of Wonder Woman.
Shedding light on the true origins of Wonder Woman couldn't be more timely, as the current writer, Greg Rucka, recently discussed her bisexuality in the comics, stating that he felt like fans should move on from the debate. But instead of leaving this fact in the background, it could help clear the perception of her character if comic book fans and moviegoers alike learned more about the intention behind her creation, and the real-life figures who inspired her.
- Greg Rucka Discusses Wonder Woman's Queerness — And Why It's Not A Big Deal
- William Marston, 'Wonder Woman' & Bondage: The Real Power Of A Superhero
There's no release date for Professor Marston and the Wonder Women yet, but it'll certainly benefit from the exposure of Wonder Woman, which is set for release on June 2, 2017.
Until we get a first look at the production, check out our 16 facts about Wonder Woman:
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