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.

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This week, on the Bastardcast: The fellers put on their leathers, pick out a safety word, and invite Ms. Dev Richards onto the cast to examine the splendidly seedy questions swirling around the super secret sex lives of super heroes! Ever wonder how many fingerbang related injuries Wolverine causes per annum? ALL WILL BE REVEALED! How about Plastic Man’s bendy shame? ALL WILL BE REVEALED! And what about Hawkman and Hawkgirl, what are THEY doing?! ALL WILL BE REVEALED!

It isn’t just unicorns, candy corn, and handies though — this podcast is examining the possibility of a Bill Murray-less Ghostbusters 3, Doctor House building a new RoboCop in a dystopian Detroit (though, in fairness, modern day Detroit is pretty damn dystopian), Robert Kirkman‘s amazing and astonishing zombie death mobile, the DC Comics/Catwoman ass-tit controversy, Jason vs. 30, and a tear filled Teddy Bear picnic.
All that, and the dying star that is our respective careers, on this week’s Bastardcast.