With Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman now in theaters and breaking box office records, a movie about her origin is coming up quickly on its heels. In the official trailer for Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, William Moulton Marston (The Girl on the Train’s Luke Evans) and his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Iron Man 3’s Rebecca Hall) meet Tufts University senior Olive Byrne (Neon Demon star Bella Heathcote), and the trio start the polyamorous relationship that led to the creation of Wonder Woman. Of course, the comic and its depictions of bondage and sadomasochism led to scandal, no matter how groundbreaking it was at the time.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women looks like a melodramatic take on the Marston-Byrne union, tackling not only Wonder Woman, but also kink, polyamory, bisexuality, and feminism in the 1940s. The film, first announced last fall, was produced by Transparent creator Jill Soloway and directed by Angela Robinson, whose credits include writing and directing for The L Word and True Blood.
This will almost certainly be a movie to watch out for. Wonder Woman’s origin and early stories haven’t been nearly as widely celebrated in mainstream circles as Batman and Superman’s. They deserve more attention — especially the fact that her creators were staunch progressives whose colorful home life influenced everything in her story, including her bulletproof bracelets, Lasso of Truth, and even her invisible plane. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women hits theaters on October 27th.