Wonder Woman slayed at the box office on its first weekend, breaking records as the biggest opening ever for a female director (Patty Jenkins, who was also behind 2003’s Monster). The film, starring Gal Gadot, brought in $103 million in North America, and has the distinction of being the first major superhero film to be led by a woman—ever. (Guess Catwoman didn’t count!)
Wonder Woman’s recognition as the ultimate female superhero has a storied history, one that has some very queer roots that will be touched upon in the upcoming biopic Professor Marston & The Wonder Women. Directed by out filmmaker Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S., The L Word), the film stars Luke Evans as William Moulton Marston, the comic book writer who created the character of Wonder Woman, and the real life women who inspired her: his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston, and their third, Olive Byrne. Produced by Annapurna Pictures, the Sony film will detail the polyamorous relationship Marston had with both his wife (played by Rebecca Hall) and Byrne (Bella Heathcote), and highlight the queer context under which Wonder Woman was created. Marston’s private life becomes of public interest after Wonder Woman becomes a cultural phenomenon, threatening his unconventional relationships, and the relationships the women have with each other.
Sony just released the first teaser for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (which is also shown the tail end of each Wonder Woman screening) and while brief, it hints at the film’s theme, as co-star Connie Britton’s voice posits, “I wonder if you’re the one with the secret identity.”
There’s no release date yet, but Professor Marston & The Wonder Women will surely capitalize on the success of the action film, and queer fans some added excitement regarding Diana Prince’s thinly veiled Sapphic inclinations.