The real life origin story of Wonder Woman, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, has a new release date as well as three compelling new posters highlighting the film’s trio of stars. The movie from Annapurna Pictures stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton and Oliver Platt. It was written and directed by Angela Robinson.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women tells the real life story of William Moulton Marston (Evans), the Harvard psychologist who in the 1940s created the comic book character Wonder Woman. The story revolves around Marston’s highly unconventional relationship with two of the women who inspired the character, his wife Elizabeth (Hall) and his mistress Olive Byrne (Heathcote). A recent trailer gave us our first glimpse of the movie’s story of the three very unusual people who came together to create one of the century’s most iconic comic book characters.

The film’s director Angela Robinson tweeted the news that Professor Marston & the Wonder Women has seen its release date moved up to October 13th from its original drop day of October 27th. The film is slated for a limited US release. Three posters have also been released imagining the movie’s main characters as comic book figures.

The renewed interest in Wonder Woman spurred by the massive success of this summer’s blockbuster movie may encourage curious fans to check out Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, and some of them may be slightly shocked to find out the true origins of the character. In addition to a fascination with female psychology and an interest in introducing stronger female archetypes to pop culture, William Marston also was deeply into bondage and other kinky sexual arrangements, and bondage-related images pop up throughout the early incarnation of his Wonder Woman comic.

Considering that it carries an R-rating, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women does not shy away from depicting some of the more risque elements of its story, including the three-way relationship between Marston and his wife and mistress. There’s a reason the two women in the new posters are holding ropes, and why Wonder Woman’s chief weapon is a lasso that makes people submissive, and it’s not because Marston was into the rodeo.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women might make a fascinating double-bill with this summer’s Wonder Woman but it might not be a good idea to invite the kids. We’ll see if the continued Wonder Woman buzz helps boost the movie’s box office when it arrives in limited release.

MORE: Watch the Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Trailer

Source: Angela Robinson/Twitter

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