Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: Adaptation Choices and Their Effects on Alternative Lifestyles and Acceptance

  • Traci Pankratz Indiana University South Bend
Keywords: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Angela Robinson, LGBTQ acceptance through film


In this article, I argue that in the film, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, director Angela Robinson makes directorial choices that highlight positive aspects of alternative lifestyles, as well as showing support for the LGBTQ+ community.  I discuss how her choices change the representation of the historical figures portrayed in Jill Lepore’s book The Secret History of Wonder Woman to elicit empathy for the characters in the film and their lifestyle choices.  She does this with using specific elements of mise en scene such as lighting, framing, costuming, and acting styles.