Hitting theaters this weekend, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women is meant to tell the unusual story of how Wonder Woman was created, focusing on psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston and his polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth and Olive Byrne. Unfortunately, while the film has received fair reviews, it looks to be a disappointment at the box office with reports stating it’ll pull in less than $1 million over the course of three days. Something the Marston family may be celebrating, as Christie Marston (William Marston’s granddaughter) took to Twitter today to denounce the film, citing it as nothing more than fiction.
Marston posted a note from the estate revealing that they in no way support Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, stating it’s fiction based off of someone else’s imagination and that the true story is far more interesting than the one being told in this film.
— Christie Marston (@ChristieMarston) October 14, 2017
The film, which was meant to be a biopic of sorts, was written and directed by Angela Robinson (The L Word, True Blood) and appears to have been passion project for Robinson, who reveled in recent interviews that she’d been trying to make the film for eight years, with the project coming together only to fall apart shortly thereafter, causing plenty of speed bumps along the way to production. Still, Robinson felt she needed to tell the story of Marston and his unconventional narrative after reading about the “true story” behind the iconic heroine. Unfortunately, though, it appears that the estate doesn’t agree with her take on the Marston family’s unique story and it appears we’ll never quite know the true story behind the family that brought us easily one of the most popular comic book characters, ever.
The film comes on the heels of Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, which has proven to be the first major DC Comics Extended Universe success, in that it has seen praise from critics and audiences alike. The movie has enjoyed a healthy box office, having earned an impressive $821 million worldwide. Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as the eponymous hero who departs the mythical island of Themyscira to seek justice in the war-torn world of mankind.
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women is a production of Stage 6 Films directed by Angela Robinson and starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, J.J. Field, Oliver Platt and Connie Britton.
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