From a lack of female creators at the top publishers to the lack of starring vehicles in various media for female superheroes, gender equality in mainstream comics has been among the foremost issues facing comic books today.
Enter filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards and their new film, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, which is set to premiere as a part of PBS’ award-winning series Independent Lens on April 15. Here’s how the film is described:
[Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines] traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The film goes behind the scenes with TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
And here’s an advanced peek at the film:
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines airs on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 10 PM ET on PBS.