‘Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines’ looks at heroine history
“Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. The story follows from the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, and looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties. Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner and Gloria Steinem will appear. The show airs at 9 p.m. (Central) April 15 on OETA as part of the Independent Lens series.
Here’s the description of the show from the PBS news release:
‘Wonder Women’ explores our nation’s long-term love affair with comic book superheroes and
raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre.
Reflecting our culture’s deep-seated ambivalence toward powerful women — even in this so-called
post-feminist era — women may be portrayed as good, or brave, or even featured as
“action babes,” but rarely are they seen as heroes at the center of their own journey.
Having watched the program, I found it entertaining and thought-provoking. Don’t look for a detailed recap of the entire comic-book history of Wonder Woman, but instead, look at it as a look at powerful women in pop culture, and how that affects our culture. Wonder Woman is the initial lens and key point of the documentary, but the show is more interested in what our relationship to Wonder Woman and other heroines means.
- Matt Price