SXSW Review: WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES

By Mark Saldana

 

            Being a fan of superheroes, there was no way I could pass up this documentary which focuses on the lady heroines who have graced the newsprint pages of comics as well as the television and movie screens.  Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan takes the audience through the history and evolution of the super-heroine and the impact these characters have had on their fans.  The film also shows how these fictional characters   reflected the struggles of real women in the world.  WONDER WOMEN!  features interviews with fans, as well as some of the actresses who portrayed these icons in television and film, such as Lynda Carter (WONDER WOMAN) and Lindsay Wagner (THE BIONIC WOMAN).  

            The result is an engaging documentary on how these fictional heroes became a source of empowerment and encouragement for young women everywhere.  In the male dominated comic book world, these characters such as Wonder Woman had their struggles as well, as the men in charge often discouraged story and character development which depicted women showing the strength and ability to overcome men and their oppression.  The film also discusses the problems faced in depicting characters that are either too strong or too sexy and the difficulties in maintaining that balance.  I enthusiastically recommend this documentary for comic fans, particularly women.

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