Thursday, September 14, 2006

Is Rachel Bilson the new "Wonder Woman" ?

Actress Rachel Bilson is being touted as the next 'Amazon Princess' for Warner Bros. upcoming "Wonder Woman" feature, produced by Joel "Lethal Weapon" Silver and written/directed by Joss "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Whedon.

"Wonder Woman' was created in the 1940's by Harvard-trained psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, writing under the byline 'Charles Moulton'.

Among Marston's many world views was that civilization was reverting into a 'matriarchy' and that females would ultimately use their innate powers of 'sexual enslavement' to achieve dominance over men.

These theories secured Marston the position of 'consulting psychologist' to womens' magazine 'Family Circle'.

In an interview published October 25, 1940, Marston touted the positive aspects of the booming war-time comic book industry.

His comments were well received by publisher M. C. Gaines of "All American Comics", sister company of DC Comics, leading to Marston's appointment to the 'Editorial Advisory Board' of both companies.

Marston submitted his first comic book script "Suprema, the Wonder Woman" to DC Comics with illustrations by artist 'Harry Peter' (!)

In 1942, the 'Suprema' name was dropped, and "Wonder Woman" debuted in "All Star Comics 8" (December 1941-January 1942). The character went on to feature in "Sensation Comics" and "Wonder Woman", with Marston continuing to infuse his female 'dominance' themes throughout his stories.

It was also during this time that Marston's assistant "Dotsie" Richard moved in with Marston and his wife Elizabeth, with Marston fathering two children by each woman.

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