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SUPERMAN: I can only tell you what I believe, Diana: humankind has to be allowed to climb to its own destiny. We can’t carry them there.
FLASH: But that’s what she’s saying. What’s the point? Why should they need us at all?
SUPERMAN: To catch them if they fall.
-JLA #4, Grant Morrison
Next week PBS will air Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines that looks at the history, and more importantly, the legacy of Wonder Woman.
I viewed the documentary a few weeks ago and it is a powerful piece that shows why heroic characters like Wonder Woman are so important to society and to young girls and women. It includes interviews with Gloria Steinem, Lynda Carter, Gail Simone and Trina Robbins among others as well as everyday women who have been inspired by the character.
The project has been a labor of love over many years for the film’s director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan. I’ve touched base with her over the years as she’s been funding, creating and showing the film around the country. With the film about to debut to a television audience, she took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk about the project.
This documentary is AMAZING. I wrote about it back here, but I’d just like to re-iterate: I cried. This is powerful stuff and from the origins of Wonder Woman to the “will you choose to be strong” speech from the series finale of Buffy, it shows the history, the impact and the importance of superheroines.
So, all of you: read this interview, watch this documentary and keep kicking ass.
In his honor: my most honest work of art ever.