First Review of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

It's here! The first review of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines!, provided by

"Wonder Women! begins explaining not just the genesis of the character but the evolution of superheroines over nearly a quarter of a century. The interviews include experts from scholars, writers, actresses and even fans, from Gloria Steinem to Jane Espenson and Lynda Carter (pictured at top).  It may be surprising to learn that the original character was written by a man who believed there would be a social shift towards matriarchy -- perhaps despite the titillating appearance of a chesty woman in a bustier."
We all know what a colorful character, William Moulton Marston was, having an open relationship with his wife and his mistress, with both women inspiring elements of Wonder Woman.
The first half of Wonder Women! stays focused on the history and the social and political pressures that changed the title heroine from one helping the Allies defeat Fascism to a nearly helpless fetish figure more in need of rescue than doing the rescuing.
This good! 
Unfortunately, the latter half of Wonder Women! falters as it shifts focus toward young filmmakers, not to mention the scarcity of interviews with men, especially in the comic and graphic novel industry.
I wouldn't expect to see a male perspective in a feminist documentary, but okay.

It also diffuses the focus from comic characters to cinema and television, and not just on characters adapted from comics. It skips over the double-edged significance of Star Trek's Uhura -- especially in the 1960s, which is more relevant that an extended sequence about a filmmaking project for girls (in terms of a cohesive film). 

Okay, I get how Uhuru might be significant as an empowered female on TV  (and she really kicks ass in J.J Abram's new Star Trek reboot), but this documentary is more about female heroines in comic books. And Uhura isn't a comic book character. 

If you wish there were more strong female heroines on TV or in the movies, this might be the documentary for you.  If you're curious about the historical aspect, how superheroines have evolved throughout the decades, Wonder Women! might be right up your alley.

I have not seen the documentary myself, only the preview clips, but even if it isn't the best -- it is doing one big thing: it is putting out there that fact that superheroines are severely underrated in our society again.  And it is more important than ever, especially in this political climate, that we need to see strong females on TV or in the movies.