I watched this film on PBS when it aired. I am a self-confessed Wonder Woman fanatic. I collect memorabilia, comics, pretty much anything I can get my hands on. She is my icon and I often try to channel her when life becomes challenging. What surprised me the most in watching this documentary was how many women feel the same way about her.
The film’s website gives this synopsis:
WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.
WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
It did touch on all these things and more but the thing that made it the most meaningful was how much emotion there was behind the women discussing Wonder Woman and all these other heroines as icons and inspirations. I didn’t think a documentary about a comic book character, even one I love as much as the Amazon, could move me in the ways this film did.
A sisterhood has formed without us even realizing it. Much of it from my generation and our collective love for Lynda Carter’s depiction in the 70s but the influence the character has had on women and society’s view of them goes back to her print début in the 40s. So much so that the Smithsonian named the comic with her first appearance one of its “101 Objects That Made America”.
Wonder Women! The Untold History of American Superheroines is now available on DVD. It should be in every geek girl’s collection and frankly in every geek boy’s as well as given as gifts to young girls so they know they have a legacy of Wonder Women to encourage and inspire them.
Wonder Women! The Untold History of American Superheroines can be purchased on the film’s website for $25.00.
Here check out a trailer: