2017 has certainly been the year of Wonder Woman, with three films hitting the big screen that all feature her. But the second, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, was never intended to cash in on the success that the DC Extended Universe films have brought the character. Rather, the biopic had been in development long before the DCEU had even been conceived.
In an interview with ScreenRant, members of the cast explained that the release of the film being so close to Wonder Woman was not meant to capitalize on the blockbuster’s success, but was merely a coincidence. As Luke Evans explained:
“We had no distribution, nothing when the film was finished. And when [director and writer] Angela [Robinson] wrote the story, it was eight years ago, so there was no knowledge or information on it.”
The film had been in development for so long, there was no way of knowing the release date would be so close to that of Wonder Woman. Bella Heathcote also noted that the cast was pleased when they realized both films would be released in the same year:
“I think we were all excited when we found out they were being made around the same time. It was very serendipitous that they happened to come out in the same year, but I remember the feeling being one of excitement and hope.”
Evans also added that it is a good thing for both films that the story behind the beloved character can come out after the story in which she is center stage. Wonder Woman’s impact has never been stronger, and now is the best time to tell the story behind her creation. Evans said:
“It’s a joy to give this story to the world while Wonder Woman is as fresh and loved as she is now, because of this incredible blockbuster from the summer.”
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton. Here’s the official synopsis:
In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is now showing in theaters.