The warrior princess of the Amazons will make her return to the tube this April. No, I am not talking about the never-happening CW TV show Amazon since that project is back in limbo. This spring Wonder Woman serves as a focal point and lead into to a documentary about female superheroes in comic books, television, film and, pop-culture. Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines will air at 10 p.m. Friday, April 15th on PBS’s Independent Lens after meeting with rave reviews at its premiere at last years SXSW.
Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, the documentary uses the character’s 1941 debut as a starting point to explore the empowerment movement as seen through the lens of the cape and tights crowd including interviews with those that made WW famous, like Lynda Carter who played her in the classic TV show, as well as feminist figures such as Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna.
Check the trailer out after the jump.
I have to say I am really looking forward to watching this. Not only as a fan of the character but also to see how the topic is tackled in the documentary, because lets be honest, the representation of women in four colors has had a mix of success and failure throughout its history. By the looks of it, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines celebrates the positive aspects which is something that doesn’t always get the headlines that a good old fashioned titbutt* comic book cover does, which is a shame.
Like I said, really looking forward to this.
Now can someone please make a Wonder Woman TV show or movie (hell, I’ll accept a damn web series at this point) that works?
*Titbutt, definition. a modern comic book practice of posing female characters in such away as to feature both the characters breasts and buttocks in the same shot. Physically impossible. Stupid.