The Rise of the American Superheroine

A documentary explores the historic importance of Wonder Woman.

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“I loved the idea of looking at something as populist as comics to reveal our cultural obsessions, and in particular, how women’s roles have changed over time,” says Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, director of Wonder Women! In these excerpts from her 2012 documentary, Guevara-Flanagan introduces us to the enduring legacy of Wonder Woman. 

The idea for the film spawned from Guevara-Flanagan's realization that even though the comic first appeared in 1942, the series was not written by a woman until the 21st century. “Here was this incredible feminist symbol who had always been stuck, like a lot of strong female characters, between being created by men and being primarily consumed by boys,” says Guevara-Flanagan.

The film first premiered at South by Southwest and was subsequently featured in the PBS Independent Lens series.

For more information on the film, visit http://wonderwomendoc.com/.

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Paul Rosenfeld writes and produces for Atlantic Video. His work has also appeared on The Daily Beast and CNN.com.

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