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Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

  • Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote
  • Director: Angela Robinson
  • Genre(s): Biography
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 108 min.

In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston (Rebecca Hall) and their lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.

"[Professor] Marston [& the Wonder Women] is simply a love letter to the amazing people who inhabit it."
- Jada Yuan, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Professor Marston & the Wonder Women is the true, stranger-than-fiction story of how the world-famous superheroine came into being. "
- Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Hall, a terrific actress, completely captures the impatience and outrage of a superior woman kept constantly in a second-class position, all raw nerves and sharp edges."
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Robinson’s film strips away the superhero flash and cuts deep into the social psyche of the creation of Wonder Woman by a controversial man who worked out his relationship issues by creating the iconic comic book character."
- Dino-Ray Ramos, Deadline
"In the end, it's a nice tribute not only to one of the comics' greatest characters (and this year's favorite movie hero) but the sort of truly unhindered, uncensored imagination that makes all fiction possible -- and all love real."
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Evans, Hall, and Heathcote exhibit major chemistry (in every permutation) possible, but they also don’t wink at the storyline, playing a provocative story totally straight. It's hard to ignore the power of a story that can package unorthodox concepts in such readymade trappings. "
- Kate Erbland, indieWire
"Angela Robinson, who wrote and directed the film, has managed to take what could have been a tawdry or salacious look into Wonder Woman’s naughty roots and give her real-life characters – and their genuine love for each other – the same amount of respect that any vanilla, monogamous heterosexual historical figure would receive."
- Consequence of Sound