[VIDEO] Documentary On Superheroines To Debut In April
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.12.2013
Superhero Hype reports that PBS will debut a new documentary about female superheroes this April. The documentary is called Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.
The series will look at the history of superheroines from the 1940s all the way to today. It will feature interviews with TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), comic writers and artists, Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others. It is directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards. It will hosted by Stanley Tucci as part of Independent Lens on April 15, 2013 at 10 PM ET.
Here's a synopsis: Wonder Women explores our nation's long-term love affair with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. Reflecting our culture's deep-seated ambivalence toward powerful women — even in this so-called post-feminist era — women may be portrayed as good, or brave, or even featured as "action babes," but rarely are they seen as heroes at the center of their own journey.
The film will use Wonder Woman to tie everything together, in all of her various incarnations. The press release wrote: "Tying the film together is the groundbreaking figure of Wonder Woman, the unlikely brainchild of a Harvard-trained pop psychologist named William Moulton Marston. From Wonder Woman's original, radical World War II presence, to her uninspiring 1960s incarnation as a fashion boutique owner, to her dramatic resurrection by feminist Gloria Steinem and the women of Ms. Magazine, Wonder Woman's legacy continues today—despite the fact that she has yet to make it to the big screen."