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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012)

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Feature documentary exploring the concept of heroic women from the birth of the superhero in the 1940s to the TV and big screen action blockbusters of today. Heroic role models are ... See full summary »

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Feature documentary exploring the concept of heroic women from the birth of the superhero in the 1940s to the TV and big screen action blockbusters of today. Heroic role models are important in childhood development, yet there are a dearth of these for girls. Wonder Woman provides a rare example of a female heroine who doesn't require rescue, determines her own missions, and possesses uniquely feminine values. Featuring Gloria Steinem, actors Lynda Carter and Lindsey Wagner, and a colorful cast of scholars, writers, and fans, the film challenges pop culture's gender biases by looking at how Wonder Woman's storyline changed over time while considering how women are rarely depicted as heroic, powerful, or world-changing. Written by Anonymous

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Wonder Women takes an inside look at the cultural impact of the female superhero
22 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For as long as most can remember most of the superhero world has been dominated by male characters. With the exception of a few here and there, but there was really only one that was able to step up as equals to the her male counter parts and maintain her presence in the industry, Wonder Woman.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Super heroines takes a journey through history of not just birth of Wonder Woman, but the affect she had on the woman's movement of liberation and empowerment. While some will see this movie as just a woman's rights piece of propaganda disguised as a superhero documentary, it really is a bit more. Make no mistake there are some aspects of that here and clearly meant to be that way, but there is also a side that is more heart felt and intriguing. First off the background history of Wonder Woman alone is worth the entire film. It's a compelling story of what changes and controversies the character went through trying to get to the dominant persona she is today. Through interviews with well-known powerful woman such as Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna, to TV's Wonder Woman herself Lynda Carter, viewers are taken on a journey to see how this simple superhero character stepped it up delivering something for young women to look up to and feel empowered just like the boys did with Superman. As intriguing as it is there are some aspects that may be a bit off putting on the stance it takes regarding women, but that doesn't make it less true. While some is clearly accurate there are others that are simple opinions of those speaking, but either way delivers a heartfelt historical story of a character dominating comics, but still fighting an uphill battle in women around the world.

This will appeal more to comic fans and women, but if you are willing to take a step back and just take the journey, you will find some interesting facts of how the world has changed thanks to something as simple as a comic character. While it's thought that boys have always had more to look up to and on some level that's true, but ask most of them and you will find it came from the same place with Superman as it did for the girls with Wonder Woman. It's funny that the two most influential characters to children and adults alike have maintained in the universe together, even moving forward to become a couple, yet there is only one of them that has crossed entertainment platforms on every level. Not everyone believes it's for the same reason, but until it changes there is no evidence to convince people otherwise.

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