Superheroes: Spotlight on Wonder Woman

Oct 5, 2013

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the famous poster
Credit Courtesy of Courtesy of The Kobal Collection at Art Resource

When psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in the 1940's,  he said it was because boys had heroes like Superman to look up to, but girls had no one. By the time the 1970's had arrived, it was time for the comic book character to make it to television, and it became a role that would define actress Lynda Carter throughout her career.

In a three-hour documentary premiering on WV PBS on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m., Carter discusses her role as Wonder Woman. For her, the character went beyond being just a superhero. Jeanette Kahn, president of DC Comics, goes as far as saying Wonder Woman was a champion of the feminist movement, and points to the placement of the character on the cover of M magazine.

Whether Wonder Woman was a feminist or just a hero who happens to be a woman who fought for justice and peace is probably debatable for some. But as the documentary SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE will show over the course of three hours, these characters are taken seriously by many. They go beyond being mere characters in comic books and have influenced popular culture for many years.

Lynda Carter talks about her role as Wonder Woman in this clip from the documentary:

Jenette Kahn of DC Comics explains why Wonder Woman was a feminist icon:

Chances to watch:

On WV PBS
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 a.m.

On WV PBS.2
Sunday, Oct. 20, 5 a.m.

For more information, visit the Official Superheroes website on PBS.org