Wonder Woman continues to perform well in theaters, with the Patty Jenkins-directed film breaking box office records surpassing expectations but the first clip from Professor Marston and the Wonder Women reveals that the women closest to Diana Prince's creator didn't think she stood a chance of even making it to print much less the big screen.
In the clip, Dr. William Mouton Marston (Luke Evans) shows his outline for what would become the character Wonder Woman to the two women in his own life, his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and his mistress Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote.) The ladies sum up Marston's work — which will be very familiar to any Wonder Woman fan with references to Paradise Island, her bulletproof bracelets and the infamous invisible plane — before telling him that "nobody will ever publish this." Check out the clip above.
As any comics fan will tell you, the ladies were wrong. Marston's Wonder Woman made her first appearance in All-Star Comics #8 in 1941 and has since become an iconic cultural figure. But for as much as the movie gives insight on Wonder Woman's history the film will go beyond the character's creation to shed light on her creator. The film will follow Marston's personal life and how his taboo polyamorous relationship with Elizabeth and Olive inspired him, and from the first clip, it looks like that inspiration included a healthy dose of criticism.
While the film's full trailer gives more context for the larger story, including glimpses of Marston's unconventional personal life, this first clip serves as a fitting reminder of just how far Wonder Woman has come.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women will debut in limited release on October 13th.