With the launch of the newly revamped Wonder Woman, comes a tale of its creator and how Wonder Woman became one of the most beloved American icons to date. As the first scene opens, you are surprised to see kids collecting comic books door by door, then cut to scene two where there is a bond fire, cut to scene three where you find onlooker Professor and psychologist William Moulton Marston emotionally wretched as children and teens burn of his adored creation Wonder Woman.
Throughout the movie you see William interviewed by Josette Frank, an expert on children’s literature, a leader of the Child Study Association and a member of Gaines’ advisory board. As he’s interviewed he is reminded of all his accomplishments, emotions and memories of his wife Elizabeth Marston and his mistress Olive Byrne, and the inception of Wonder Woman.
As a fan of Wonder Woman, I can’t say enough about this movie. I found the movie enjoyable, funny, witty, and sexy. It intrigues you and pulls you into the relationship that is not only based on a yearning love, but how understandable and simple their relationship was. Near the beginning of the movie, the characters are hurled into a precipice when both William and Elizabeth Marston professors at Harvard University are fired by the lack of discretion in their relationship with Olive Byrne played by Bella Heathcote. To complicate matters more, Olive announces she is now pregnant from their trysts and must decide on how to move forward.
I enjoyed this movie thoroughly as I was captivated on an emotional roller coaster. Rebecca Hall is superb in her portrayal of Elizabeth Marson. Her wit is and humor provides comedy relief needed to make this film her own. Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne is amazing in that you can feel her emotional hell trying to fit into the life and find her place with two people she loves very much. Ultimately, Luke Evans as William Marston is astounding as he defines his character by defending his decisions and paving the way a new ideology that one can love more than one person.
Even if you don’t agree with the lifestyle he chose, you cannot deny William Moulton Marston was a brilliant man. His achievements range from creating the Lie detector test, investing DISC theory which is still used today, and of course the creation of my most cherished and treasured Wonder Woman.