A new documentary shows how an Amazon princess became a feminist icon
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Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman barely seem to leave our screens anymore, so where’s Wonder Woman? Even a pre-Avengers Joss Whedon couldn’t get her movie made, despite his success with immortalising kick-ass ladies in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her 2011 TV pilot was never broadcast.
The documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines makes a compelling and emotional case for why Wonder Woman still matters. Gloria Steinem explains why the character was on Ms. Magazine’s first cover in 1972; Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre discusses her pop iconography in '90s riot grrl culture; and experts track Wonder Woman's influence on fictional female heroes like Ripley, Xena and Buffy.
Even when Wonder Woman’s featured in sexist stories, they can’t diminish her. She’s become a fixed symbol of female empowerment in popular culture. Now give her a movie, damn it.