Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton, Oliver Platt
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Bio-drama written and directed by Angela Robinson which tells the true story of 1940s Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), the inventor of the lie detector and creator of the iconic Wonder Woman, who defends his feminist superhero against charges of ‘sexual perversity’ while at the same time maintaining a secret that could have destroyed him.
Unknown to others, Marston’s inspiration for Wonder Woman was his wife Elizabeth Marston (Rebecca Hall) and their lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), two empowered women in the field of psychology who defied convention, building a secret life together with Marston that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.
Our Favorite Quote'War, violence, hatred, the path to peace is not through finance or politics, it is to solve the problems of man’s heart.' - William Moulton Marston (Professor Marston & the Wonder Women) Click To Tweet
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 19)
Elizabeth Marston: How are you going to learn anything at all about life if you refuse to live it?
[referring to why she married William]
Elizabeth Marston: Because he respects me and he loves me, and he’s never boring. I didn’t think I’d find those things in another man.
Olive Byrne: A comic book, Bill?
William Moulton Marston: Well, it’s perfect. I’m going to inject my ideas right into the thumping heart of America. I mean, I’ll get a real artist to draw it properly.
Elizabeth Marston: She’s an Amazon princess that lives on an island of all women?
William Moulton Marston: Paradise Island.
Elizabeth Marston: And a man crash lands on the island.
William Moulton Marston: Uh, yeah. Steve Trevor, the spy.
Olive Byrne: And she wears a burlesque outfit?
William Moulton Marston: Well, it’s athletic.
Olive Byrne: And silver bracelets.
William Moulton Marston: They deflect bullets.
Elizabeth Marston: And all her friends and helpers are sorority girls who have spanking parties and everybody fights Nazis and rides in an invisible plane?
William Moulton Marston: Yes.
[Elizabeth and Olive look at William trying not to laugh]
William Moulton Marston: What?
Elizabeth Marston: Bill, we love you, truly, but nobody, and I say this with all the compassion and truth in my heart, nobody will ever publish this.
M.C. Gaines: Suprema the Wonder Woman. It’s too wordy. Why don’t you just call her, uh, Wonder Woman?
[William pauses for a moment]
William Moulton Marston: I like it.
Josette Frank: Dr. Marston, you’re an esteemed psychologist, with considerable accomplishments, most notably the invention of the lie detector test, creator and sole author of the Wonder Woman comic books. Why don’t you write Wonder Woman under your real name?
William Moulton Marston: I write what I see about women I know, beautiful, brilliant, ferocious. They have the power within themselves to create their own destiny.
Josette Frank: What is powerful about a woman running around in a bathing suit?
Josette Frank: Why don’t you write it under your real name? Your superiors are going to fire you unless I tell them to do otherwise.
William Moulton Marston: You’re going to give it to someone else? I created her. She’s a smash success because of me.
Josette Frank: Who’s Charles Moulton?
William Moulton Marston: That is my pseudonym.
Josette Frank: Why don’t you write Wonder Woman under your real name? Because most Americans have a low opinion of comic book writers? Or is it something else?
Josette Frank: Dr. Marston, every issue of Wonder Woman is filled with violence, torture and sadomasochism. This abnormal behavior in your comic is reckless.
Josette Frank: Wonder Woman has a secret identity, why is that?
William Moulton Marston: She has to hide her true self from man’s world.
Josette Frank: What would happen if Wonder Woman’s secret identity was revealed?
William Moulton Marston: Everything would be lost.
Josette Frank: I wonder if you are the one with the secret identity.
William Moulton Marston: A person in most happy when they are submissive to a loving authority.
[referring to Olive]
William Moulton Marston: I want to study her.
Elizabeth Marston: She’ll break your heart.
William Moulton Marston: Don’t be jealous.
Elizabeth Marston: I’m your wife, not your jailer.
Olive Byrne: [to Elizabeth] I think you long for an unconventional life.
Elizabeth Marston: Maybe I just want her because you do. You think it’s possible to love two people at the same time?
William Moulton Marston: Why not? What is normal?
Elizabeth Marston: What we want can never happen. The world won’t let it.
William Moulton Marston: The world can’t stop us.
Elizabeth Marston: [to Olive] Is this what you really want?
Olive Byrne: A woman must not be told how to use her freedom, she must find out for herself.
Elizabeth Marston: [to William] If you want to understand the mind of a woman you can start with that.
William Moulton Marston: You were brilliant, pure of heart, hilarious, ferocious. You are my life.
[referring to Olivia]
Elizabeth Marston: Maybe I’m in love with her too. Or maybe I just want her because you do. What is it that attracts you to her?
William Moulton Marston: She is beautiful, guileless, kind, and pure of heart. You are brilliant, ferocious, hilarious, and a grade A bitch. Together, you are the perfect woman.
William Moulton Marston: War, violence, hatred, the path to peace is not through finance or politics, it is to solve the problems of man’s heart. That’s why we need Wonder Woman.
Total Quotes: 19
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