Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines uses the comic book character to exokire the various positive pop culture role models for women. The documentary is made by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and it is more entertaining than enlightening. It could even make studio executives to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen.
The documentary begins by detailing the history of the character that was made by Dr. William Moulton Marston in 1941. It was during the time when women were entering the workforce because of World War II. He envisions a matriarchal society. Aside from creating Wonder Woman, Marston was also the inventor of the first lie detector and this might have been his inspiration for Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth.
Wonder Woman survived through time even though it faced obstacles along the way, such as Frederic Wertham’s book The Seduction of the Innocent that criticized the negative effects of comic books’ heavy doses of violence and sex on its young readers. The character was featured on the cover of the first issue of Ms. Magazine, with the headline Wonder Woman for President.
Wonder Woman’s popularity dropped in 70s when DC Comics temporarily stripped her of her powers. She hit big time when the TV series featuring Lynda Carter started airing. The actress was interviewed for the documentary.
You can feel that Carter still relishes the popularity of her character. Other people who are interviewed for the documentary are feminist icon Gloria Steiman, comic book fans, and academics. One of those who is interviewed said that the character help teenage boys through puberty.
The movie wavers when it tries to explore other female-oriented TV shows and films such as The Bionic Woman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Thelma and Louise, and Charlie’s Angels. But it has a fast pace and uses comic book-like styling to make it easy for the audience to digest.