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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

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The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and his mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.

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Details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student who became an academic. This relationship was key to the creation of Wonder Woman, as Elizabeth and Olive's feminist ideals were ingrained in the character from her creation. Marston died of skin cancer in 1947, but Elizabeth and Olive remained a couple and raised their and Marston's children together. The film is said to focus on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman's creation.

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R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language. | See all certifications »
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13 October 2017 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$736,883, 15 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,584,759, 20 November 2017
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Oliver Platt voiced Hades in Wonder Woman (2009) and was starred in the comic book film X: First Class (2011). See more »

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William Moulton Marston was portrayed as a spy and in one brief scene reminisces about his military service and things he had seen. However, he received his commission as a 2nd LT on October 22, 1918 just 20 days before the end of World War I. He was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe GA, Camp Upton NY and Fort Lee VA before being discharged on May 19, 1919. Despite his portrayal in the movie, Marston never left the US and never saw the war first hand. Source: Harvard's Military Record in the Great War (1921). See more »

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Elizabeth Marston: He respects me. He loves me. And he's never boring.
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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
16 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

I really do love Wonder Woman. She is probably my favorite superhero. I love the 70s TV show with Lynda Carter and the recent film. So I was definitely hyped to see the inspiration for the creation of such an iconic character. The trailer immediately had me intrigued. An unconventional and BDSM filled relationship being the inspiration for Wonder Woman? Very exciting prospect. I did like the film though the film is more engaging in some aspects and draining in others.

The film follows William Moulton Marston and his wife Elizabeth. Marston was known to be an inventor of an early version of the lie detector. The couple decide to form a relationship with their teaching assistant, despite being a very forbidden thought in the pre World War II era. This relationship and Olive Byrne (the teaching assistant) become the inspiration for Marston's Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is seen as disgusting at first by the media and as something that would never take off. Well guess what? I firstly loved Bella Heathcote in this. I liked her in Neon Demon but this was her real breakout performance. Her humanity is so on display, you can't help but fall in love with her. The film is also complemented with a typically great Rebecca Hall performance, she remains quite underrated. The story telling isn't always strong as the film does spend lengthy time on the development of the relationship. The film also really doesn't set itself far apart from other biopics.

The main strength of the film is its source material. This is a very interesting story. Especially if you love Wonder Woman. The inspiration for one of the most beloved superheros is rooted in a poly-amorous relationship, that's fantastic. Overall, the film isn't spectacular but the acting delivers a credible relationship and the film is a nice segway into the backstory of a hero we all know and love.

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