In­spi­ra­tion be­hind Won­der Woman

Sunday Tribune - - FILM - FILM: Pro­fes­sor Marston and the Won­der Women STAR­RING: Luke Evans, Re­becca Hall, Bella Heath­cote DI­REC­TOR: An­gela Robin­son RE­VIEWER: Manohla Dargis

SUF­FER­ING Sap­pho, Bat­man, you’re such a square! That’s es­pe­cially true when you con­sider the real ori­gin of Won­der

Woman, the war­rior with the in­de­struc­tible bracelets and slightly kinky magic lasso who burst into comics in 1941.

As it hap­pens, there was more kink to her story than sug­gested by that golden lasso, which she uses to force her cap­tives to tell the truth and looks like some­thing from a bondage em­po­rium.

There are some de­lec­ta­ble ques­tions posed in Pro­fes­sor Marston and the Won­der Women, and a few frisky bind­ing games on tap too.

A sly and charm­ing Tro­jan horse of a movie, it tells the story of the man who cre­ated Won­der Woman and the women who in­spired him, in and out of bed.

Pro­fes­sor Marston is an­other re­minder that peo­ple once had sex­ual ap­petites and re­la­tion­ships as com­plex as those of to­day.

Oc­ca­sion­ally, grandpa might have even vis­ited a dusty, mys­te­ri­ous shop with sexy spe­cial­ity items in front and some­thing naugh­tier in the back.

Dr Wil­liam Moul­ton Marston (a win­ning Luke Evans) finds out just how spe­cial those items could be when he pops into a store where a man call­ing him­self the G-string King (JJ Feild) opens up a world of con­sen­sual power play and plea­sure.

At that point, life has al­ready be­come in­ter­est­ing for Marston. The writer-di­rec­tor An­gela Robin­son lays out just how, well, knotty it all is with wit, sym­pa­thy and econ­omy.

Span­ning decades, the story takes flight in 1928 with Marston teach­ing young lovelies at Rad­cliffe.

“Are you nor­mal?” he asks of a beam­ing, re­cep­tive au­di­ence that serves as an amus­ing stand-in for the viewer. Marston has an­swers to that and other ques­tions, along with a the­ory he calls Disc – for dom­i­nance, in­duce­ment, sub­mis­sion and com­pli­ance – which sounds ter­ri­bly com­plex and slightly ridicu­lous.

Robin­son bor­rows Marston’s

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