The true story of William Marston, a psychologist whose unorthodox
love for two women inspired him to create Wonder Woman.
Professor Marston and
Love is anything but conventional, as history will surely tell you. Sometimes love is frowned upon by society, but it affects you all the same. This film tells the bizarre story of a psychologist and his wife who both fell in love with the same woman and started a polyamorous relationship that led to the creation of one of fiction's most celebrated female icons: Wonder Woman. Professor William Marston was the brains behind the iconic superheroine, which he wrote as a way to convey his taboo psychiatric theories in a creative medium. This is a story I never thought I'd want to know about, but it paints Wonder Woman in an entirely different light.
At a time when sex and love were subjects that never left the home, Professor Marston (Luke Evans) dedicated his life to the study of male and female dominance, as well as the belief that someone can love more than one person. Luke Evans leads a strong cast and has terrific chemistry with Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote, who play his wife Elizabeth and his mistress Olive respectively. Their love feels undeniably real, and the important cultural contributions that stemmed from their relationship cannot be disputed.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a film about unorthodox sexual desires first and foremost, but it speaks a lot about the nature of love and the importance of finding your own happiness in life. It's surprisingly to learn that Wonder Woman came from an interest in bondage and female sexual dominance. It's easy to see why some might think this film is gratuitous, but the opposite is true. This film tells an important story and reclaims Wonder Woman for the people who she originally stood for.