Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines


As part of this year’s Birdseye View Film Festival, a documentary tracing the history of Wonder Woman will be screened on Saturday 18th March at the BFI Southbank.

Beginning with her first appearance in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines takes a look back at the origins of Wonder Woman and explores how the character has evolved over the years, leading up to her present-day legacy.

The film examines her many appearances in comics, films, artwork and popular culture in general, and features a huge range of contributors, including comics writers Trina Robbins, Mike Madrid and Jennifer K. Stuller, superhero actors Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Riot Grrrl founder Kathleen Hanna and Buffy writer Jane Espenson.

The film will launch this year’s Birdseye View Festival, a film festival designed to address industry imbalances by recognising and celebrating the work of women filmmakers. It’s also scheduled to coincide with International Women’s Day, and is described by the BFI as offering “an informative and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre”.

_97187_MediumAs an added bonus, the screening will also include a sneak preview of short film RPG OKC, “a ten minute comedy about two 8-bit video game characters who enter the world of online dating (Zelda meets MTV’s Catfish)”. 

Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and producer Kelcey Edwards hope that their film will introduce viewers to “a dynamic group of fictional and real life superheroines who are fighting for positive role models for girls – both on screen and off.” Since virtually all recent superhero movies have sidelined women as love interests or secondary characters, it’s great to see a film demonstrating that the comic-book world is not devoid of female heroes and protagonists who can easily hold their own against their male counterparts, as well as reminding us of the real women who have helped to bring these characters to life. One can only hope that it will serve to give Hollywood filmmakers a nudge in the right direction.

To buy tickets or to read more about the film, visit the the BFI website, or to find out more about the Birdseye View Festival, click here

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