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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (Movie) Review

 
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A unique take on how Wonder Woman's evolution has mirrored that of women in American society.

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Makes you look a t a seemingly simple character in an entirely different way.


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One of the great strengths of Wonder Women! is that the film makers (Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards) have interviewed great female minds for their take on Wonder Woman’s role in the evolution of women. From iconic female tv stars like Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) and Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) to Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna to real women and girls who are inspired by all that Wonder Woman’s character portrays, this is a film that looks at Wonder Woman from every angle and shows how -just by being there, a female who could do everything the males did – she has really had an effect women, today and in the past.

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Posted March 8, 2013 by

 
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She’s more than just a super hero. Wonder Woman is the face of a movement.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines is an independent film that takes a look at feminism in America as reflected by Wonder Woman. ALthough it sounds a little strange at first glance, the birth and evolution of the unarguably most iconic female super hero has really reflected what is going on in our country at the time, with regards to females. From her birth in the forties, to a resurgence in the seventies, to how she is seen today, the filmmakers show Wonder Woman to be a social barometer of society’s view of women.

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has not heard of Wonder Woman, but how many of us know anything about her roots, and the path she has taken since her inception? I know I spent days in my childhood spinning along with Lynda Carter, pretending *I* was Wonder Woman, as did many of my friends. And yet, I really had no idea of the story behind the character. For fans, Wonder Women! is worth watching just for that history alone, but it also offers so much more.

From her birth (the brain child of the inventor of the lie detector test (who knew?!), Wonder Woman has fought the prevailing female stereotypes and shown girls everywhere that they can be so much more. But it hasn’t always been an easy road. While women were encouraged to get out of the house and contribute to society during the war, they were expected to go back to being good little housewives when their menfolk returned – and even Wonder Woman wasn’t immune to the female suppression that was going on in society. The film examines that period in her evolution, as well as the role feminist Gloria Steinem had in bringing her back to her gender role smashing ways.

One of the great strengths of Wonder Women! is that the film makers (Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards) have interviewed great female minds for their take on Wonder Woman’s role in the evolution of women. From iconic female tv stars like Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) and Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) to Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna to real women and girls who are inspired by all that Wonder Woman’s character portrays, this is a film that looks at Wonder Woman from every angle and shows how -just by being there, a female who could do everything the males did – she has really had an effect women, today and in the past.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines is currently being shown in Community Screenings around the country (you can find that schedule here), but it will make it’s television debut on PBS’ The Independent Lens, a weekly series that highlights exceptional independent documentaries. Wonder Women! will be shown on April 15th (10 pm ET), and it is well worth watching for its unique look at something so simple and seemingly unimportant as a pop culture character.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)