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Trailer: Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, February 20, 2012

Making the rounds across the Internet today is a trailer for the upcoming documentary Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines. The film will have its premiere during Austin's South By Southwest Festival in March.

What appealed to me about the trailer is that it doesn't choose to focus solely on DC Comics' Amazonian superheroine. It appears that the show will also examine how other strong action female heroes have come about since the debut of Wonder Woman in 1941, like Ripley from Alien, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Connor from The Terminator movie series and other powerful, take charge screen heroines. Interviews with The Bionic Woman's Lindsay Wagner and the 1970s Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter, activist Gloria Steinem, Wonder Woman comic book writer Gail Simone and many others pepper the doc.

I'm also hoping that the doc will try and explain why society and the creators/publishers of popular entertainment don't create more strong female heroes. I have my own theories as to why we don't see more Ripleys and Wonder Womans out there. Will director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan go there?

Watch the trailer below, and if you want to learn more about the Wonder Women documentary, visit the official website.

 

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