Wonder Woman Film
Wonder what’s going with the story?
If you were expecting a movie continuation from the popular TV series, with Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, that is not the case with this movie. This movie describes the story of Diana, daughter of Hippolyta, from childhood to adulthood. It does bridge the gap in the historical timeline, from her existence among the Amazonian women on Paradise Island, to London, during World War I.
- GN story goes something like this: Hippolyte explains to Diana that after she defeated Hercules, he stole her magic girdle (which, enables Hippolyte’s powers) and now, all Amazonian women were enslaved by men. The female tribe vowed to live away from men forever, sailing across the ocean and settling on an uncharted land, which the women named “Paradise Island.”
- Movie story is similar to this theme, except Hippolyte is now named in the feminine, Hippolyta. Diana’s story begins after the Opening Montage, showing that her mother formed her from clay and made her existence on the island.
- GN story: They were happily living on the island for centuries, until Captain Steve Trevor’s plane crash-landed on their island. After rescuing him, she falls in love with him. Hippolyte consults with Aphrodite, and the Goddess of Love’s advice is to return to America with Steve, “to help fight the forces of hate and oppression” (Lepore, 15). Athena, the goddess of War, says “you must send him your strongest and wisest Amazon.”
- Movie story: follow this story arc, with Diana accompanying Steve to London, during World War I.
- GN story: Diana flies Steve inside her invisible plane to the United States. Upon landing, she brings him to a U.S. Army hospital, and while he’s recovering, she changes into her American identity: Diana Prince, a secretary with the U.S. government.
- Movie story: they set sail from the island, and as Diana awakens, they are in London, being sailed by Steve.
Again, this movie takes a little different path from the comic book character.
- There is a mention of Diana being Steve’s secretary, so a slight following to the comic book characterization.
- Diana and Steve travel to London instead, not America.
- Shot brilliantly on location, this film stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.
Wonder Woman True Facts
Here are some researched facts about WW.
Wonder Woman Creator William Moulton Marston, had attended a Philosophy A class at Harvard University, and his professor, George Herbert Palmer, while paying homage to his deceased wife, was also the faculty sponsor of the Harvard Men’s League for Woman Suffrage. Wonder Woman is a direct result of the American suffrage movement, which was started in 1848, at a women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY. (this story was later to be told in Wonder Woman comics)
British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst’s founding of Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903, helped to form the Harvard Men’s League for Woman Suffrage in 1910. Interestingly enough, senior year law student John Reed formed the league, having been a convert of Columbia University’s philosophy graduate student Max Eastman. What follows is history:
In fall of 1911, the Harvard League’s lecture series gave Florence Kelley an opportunity to be heard. She fought for minimum wage, an 8-hour workday, and an end to child labor. At this time in history, and at Harvard, women were not allowed to speak. This caused a ruckus on-campus.
- The negotiated deal was to make Kelley’s lecture available to on-campus people only, and being Harvard University, the next speaker in the lecture series was to be someone who opposed suffrage. Surprisingly enough, the league announced its next speaker would be Emmeline Pankhurst!
- In true Harvard U. fashion, the corporation issued a ruling barring women from speaking publicly in college halls.
- This sparked a national newspaper heading “Is Harvard afraid of Mrs. Pankhurst?” with coverage by Detroit Free Press, Atlanta Constitution and the New York Times.
Not sounding unlike Stan Lee’s intentions for Marvel Comics, on the campuses of Princeton, Oxford and Cambridge (Howe, 56). The original Marvel fan club, called M.M.M.S., membership targeted college students, rather than 10-year olds, but that’s changed, as Marvel has worldwide appeal.
The character of Wonder Woman actually stems from Mr. Marston’s wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, who was born on the Isle of Man. She was independent, headstrong, and tougher than any boy (or man, for that matter). Sadie also attended Mount Holyoke College, the only women’s college in the United States, at the time, and played field hockey for her being five feet flat. A true story: during the 75th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a nearby seminarian C. Hartwell, read a parody to the female MHC students, which was prepared in response to Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s “Declaration of Sentiments” (1848), which he nicknamed “Amazonian Declaration of Independence.”
What was that, my Advanced Fiction instructor said, to use someone from real life, in your fiction, to make it more believable?
History repeating itself
As I’ve been relearning history, because as the saying goes “If you don’t study it, it’s doomed to be repeated,” the 1960’s feminism movement in the United States was not the first time in history that the topic of women’s rights were speculated. The women at the turn of the century has it a lot rougher, as it was the first time where women were defining not only their role in society, but defining themselves in the process.
The term feminist was rarely used before 1910; the term used was suffragist. After 1913, the term feminist was commonplace, as the woman’s movement was giving equality, rights and freedom to women. In my research, there is a slight difference between the two terms. Suffragist suggests a political term, as seen in the movie starring Meryl Streep, called x. Feminism’s origins include women as “full and equal participa[nts] in politics, work and the arts.”
Holloway was considered a “New Woman.”
Enter Margaret Sanger. She founded a magazine called Woman Rebel, in Greenwich Village in 1914. Which, interestingly enough, is a spot where some of the 1960’s influential musicians hung out at, including Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Which was known as “The Village” at this point in history. The kids these days have a saying “Your village is calling you.” So, in the words of Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 winner Bob Dylan, “the times they are a changin’.”
- Bob Dylan: How His Nobel Prize Fits Into His Legacy | Time
His lyrics are an important part of history
Womanism giving rise to tougher modern characters
The rise of Womanism has been seen throughout history. Not getting into the politics here in the column, but there are more than one side to the story. Personally, I hear single moms talk about the same topics as married men, being the Head of Household. I think the word “responsibility” is key here. There are some women who realize that after stepping into the role of HoH, that they’ve bitten off more responsibility than they can handle.
Depending on cultural, economic, social and personal relationship factors, the familial roles can be further defined.
I see the Veteran Surviving Spouse emerging in society, more so, with military personnel not returning from the field. Women fit into over 90% of this category of Surviving Spouse, based on the latest findings from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA). There is the occasional Male Surviving Spouse, if the wife does not return from combat, but this is the minority percentage. Showing the Veteran’s story in American Sniper, producer Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper wanted to show this story on-screen. Having read Chris Kyle’s book, and having a Reel to Real Redux ending, Chris’ life was ended, about two weeks before the movie was to premiere. Mrs. Kyle was an absolute wreck, and she and the Producers discussed whether the movie should be released.
WW Media Facts
Here are some WW media facts:
- Created by DC Comics, she crash-landed from her airplane in 1941. Living on an Amazonian island, apart from men since the time of Greece, she is the latest warrior princess. With her gold bracelets and Magic lasso, she stops bullets and can rope the truth from anyone.
- Her secret identity is Diana Prince, a Secretary for U.S. military intelligence. Which the TV series shows quite well, plot-wise. Steve Trevor is her romantic interest.
- This is where the latest movie spins away from the original character idea, giving it a different historical timeline: London in the 1920s. And, this time, Steve is played gorgeously by Chris Pine. So Pinenuts, I’m giving you another reason to love your favorite actor.
- In 1942, she was the only woman in the Justice Society of America; the other four were Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and the Flash. Re-defining feminism from 1910 to present day. Which is a little funny, since actress Gal Gadot also played Gisele Yashar in the Furious series, and was described by a fellow team member as “I told you the skinny chick had balls.”
This film’s storyline and her character portrayed by Gal will also be seen in Justice League, due out on 11-17-17. Great job of tying this story into the Justice League storyline. Absolutely loved the costume design, makeup, set designs, location shooting, water photography, and aerial shooting.
I did not know anyone personally (this time), who worked on the Feature Film.
To my friend Josh, whose newest Coca-Cola jingle, is pretty catchy. Josh wrote the lyrics and music for “Coke on the Beach,” with the young girl and young boy trying to get one another’s attention, while they both have beach jobs.
Thank you for reading this Hub. I had fun preparing it this time. Until the next one, Pam