The Rise of the American Superheroine

A documentary explores the historic importance of Wonder Woman.

“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/.

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

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