A new Professor Marston & the Wonder Women clip reveals the first time Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) shared his idea for a radically new superhero with the two most important people in his life: his psychologist wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and their lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote). And, let’s just say, they’re skeptical.
Directed and written by Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.), the forthcoming historical drama peels back the curtain on Wonder Woman to reveal how the unique relationship between William, Elizabeth, and Olive helped create one of the world’s greatest superheroes. As he explains in the clip, Wonder Woman would offer William a chance to share his radical ideas about feminism, bondage, and pacifism with the world.
“I’m going to inject my ideas right into the thumping heart of America,” says William in the clip above.
But, this is the 1940s. So, the idea of a super-heroine who hails from an island populated with only women, flies an invisible plane, fights Nazis, and whose helpers are sorority sisters who have spanking parties was a weird one to say the least, and Elizabeth tells William as much.
“Bill, we love you truly so much, but nobody, and I say this will all the compassion and truth in my heart, nobody will ever publish this,” says Elizabeth.
Spoiler alert: She’s wrong.
This clip does a good job of conveying how Elizabeth and Olive’s thoughts and ideas would help shape Princess Diana of Themyscira when she finally made her debut on the page. For Robinson, William, Elizabeth, and Olive’s intimate working relationship is the film’s driving force.
“It’s fundamentally a love story between the three of them,” Robinson told EW in August. “It’s an exploration of their ideas [about feminism, bondage, and pacifism] and his relationship with Elizabeth and Olive, and their relationship with him, and then how all of that found its way into Wonder Woman.”
Watch the clip above.
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women hits theaters Oct. 27.