Rated: R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language. Reviewed by: Dave Release date: October 13, 2017 Released by: Annapurna Pictures
An interesting (and true) back-story to the storied mythology of Wonder Woman, only wish it had been released a little earlier to coincide with the film. At the onset of World War II America needed heroes and Wonder Woman arrived at the perfect time. Together with Superman and Batman, Wonder Woman completed a perfect DC Comics triad of good versus evil. Immediately, all three were fighting the Nazi's and the Japanese selling bonds to support the war effort. The epitome of pop-culture salesmanship 101, using famous superheroes as a marketing tool. What a concept.
Somewhat similar to the Showtime television series Master's of Sex, we see the character's engaged in sexual situation's which were once considered taboo.
Marston was one lucky man, living the good life (and the hot threesomes) long before Hugh Hefner came along. Hefner even named his son Marston.
It's quite interesting to see how some of Marston's favorite bedroom props ended up as part of WW's final costume. Artist H.G. Peter's visualization of Wonder Woman captured the imagination of the public immediately. Luckily for Marston, it was red, white, and blue with stars so nobody really noticed the bondage and submission implications. Boots, ropes, bracelets, etc. were all part of Amazonian necessity.
In the 1950's, psychologist( i.e. phony charlatan) Fredric Wertham raised questions about Wonder Woman, including her sexuality, thankfully her patriotic character had long been established. He also asserted that Batman and Robin had to be homosexuals. Wertham's bullS#it nearly destroyed the entire comic book industry with his lies and accusations that had absolutely no basis in fact.
Ironically, Superman creator Joe Shuster drew erotic artwork for numerous magazines and Batman creator Bob Kane was a habitual womanizer. They all had a past, at this point in time does anyone really care?
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women provides a Wonder(ful) addition to the ongoing scholarship and study of comic book history in America.
Highly recommended !!
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