CHAMPAIGN — Illinois Public Media's March Community Cinema event Tuesday evening will explore the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and other comic superheroines with the screening of "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines."
The documentary goes behind the scenes with TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others who offer a counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
The free screening of the film, as well as a discussion of the issues it raises, will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Robeson Rooms A and B at the Champaign Public Library.
The panel discussing the issues will include Carol Tilley, a University of Illinois assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, whose recent research found that an anti-comics crusading psychiatrist in the 1950s "played fast and loose with the data."
Other panelists will be Rachel Storm, assistant director of the UI Women's Resources Center, and Kevin Hamilton, UI associate professor of art and design.
GMart, a comic bookstore in Champaign, and the UI's Women's Resources Center are partners for the event.
"Wonder Women" will air at 9 p.m. April 15 on WILL-TV.