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It’s a WONDERFUL life! (or….”Eat your heart out, Stan Lee!”)
December 19, 2016 By Brett Jett
By Brett Jett
“In conclusion, I should like to make a plea, a very strong plea, if I had the eloquence, for the installation of courses in love training and the relation of love to life in high schools and the higher grades of secondary schools, and especially in colleges and universities. I should like to see research funds devoted to this, which seems to me the fundamental issue of civilization, the only thing that will ever make us want not to go to war.” —Quote from Dr. William Moulton Marston, 1930.
Stan Lee is one of the major pillars——even the foundation——of Marvel Comics. People aren’t likely to forget that, at least in good part due to a certain publicity stunt he pulls off. I’m not sure if its ego or if its for historical stamping purposes, but Stan Lee makes cameo appearances in all Marvel productions. Or perhaps it’s a strong sense of ownership that drives him to make sure no one forgets the man behind Marvel Comics. In fact, I’m sure he has somewhere in his will (or perpetual contract) that even after his “final storyline”…kicking the bucket…every Marvel production must have a CGI created image of him inserted somewhere, as if he were still around! Thus immortalizing him, like a perpetual comics reboot!
But if Marvel would be willing to do that for Stan Lee….that got me thinking of another person, that DC/Warner should also use the “Stan Lee method” for….someone who’s already deceased….someone who is also vitally (if not more) important for people never to forget. Someone who was there at the dawn of the superhero genre….who contributed so many hours of psychological recommendations to improve comics and help change the world one mind at a time….who created the most deep, relevant, and true superhero of all time. Folks, its none other than Wonder Woman’s true father, the consulting psychologist known as William Moulton Marston!
The first solo WONDER WOMAN movie is coming up closer and closer on our heels! And it features an origin story set back in World War 1. What I see there is an opportunity! Do any of you fans want to see Dr. Marston being portrayed in that movie?!! It would be very appropriate, timeline-wise. Because in the real world, during the time in history that this movie takes place, 1918-1919, Dr. Marston was actually a 2nd lieutenant in the Army’s intelligence division, helping detect spies and traitors with his Marston Deception Test device. Then after the war, he went back to college to finish his degree.
With the timeline being very appropriate, I don’t see why DC/Warner would have any artistic problems fitting him into the movie in some form. Create a moving CGI image of him walking past Steve Trevor for a few sporadic seconds, or get an actor to portray him testing spies on his deception test device. Or maybe even a news broadcast that mentions his name and one of his quotes! And insert Harry Peter in there too, while they’re at it. Maybe even dedicate the 2017 WONDER WOMAN movie to his first born daughter, Fredericka, who died at infancy in 1920. In my personal WW screenplay, I do feature him in his real life role as the popular psychologist of the day: During World War 2, while Hippolyta was carrying out her sabotage mission on Nazis, Dr. Marston was often heard on radio shows advocating Aphrodite’s ways and for women to take on more proactive roles.
WHY DO IT?
It’s a way to honor the man who gave us our favorite superheroine. Remember, without him, if Bill hadn’t been born, there would be no Wonder Woman!! And there would be no articles put out about women’s potential and spiritually healthy ways of living life. And perhaps our society wouldn’t have evolved to recognize women’s true potentials. The movie IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE came out months before Bill passed away. I’d like to think that he saw that movie and—in all his busy mindedness—realized how important his existence was.
The same insertion technique can be used in any BATMAN productions, to honor Jerry Robinson for his contribution to making Batman what he is today.
So far, I don’t recall Siegel & Shuster ever appearing in any Superman productions. Neither did Bob Kane or Jerry Robinson appear in any Batman films….although the first BATMAN flick did feature a cameo of Bob Kane’s artwork. So let’s learn and not make the same mistake with such a vital superheroine! Although I will give that Dr. Marston (and his artist Harry Peter) did make ONE cameo in the Wonder Woman comics.
But more importantly than just remembering him is that his cameos in all future movie appearances of Wonder Woman will be a great opportunity to dispense and introduce the modern world to his teachings. As weird or “messed up” you may think he is, the fact is Dr. Marston—from the very beginning—advocated for some very sane recommendations in an insane world! But most people today don’t know that…not even Wonder Woman fans! That’s because much of his philosophy and recommendations have been lost to history, and will continue to diminish out of existence if they’re not replicated in some way!
Sure, I’ve done one heck of a job reviving them into the public’s consciousness. But that was done behind the scenes, therefore only a certain percentage (those who care) of the Western World population know about the truth. By using this movie opportunity to feature Dr. Marston and his chops, DC/Warner will have brought consciousness of this man’s work to EVERYONE.
Some ideas of how Dr. Marston can be featured in upcoming DC/Warner productions include: Showing a WMM-like person in the modern world talking on the news about why good models such as the Justice League (especially Wonder Woman) would be good for kids to watch rather than the bloodcurdling vigilantes that ran in our streets…….An interview with a name-less psychologist (who physically resembles WMM), after the Justice League saves Metropolis from an alien invasion…….Etc.
That way, WMM’s cameo appearances will be about more than just some gratuitous, silly appearances for humor. It will be a pervasive reminder of certain values that were formed from the beginnings of DC…much of which WMM contributed.
But…WMM was a funny man when he was alive. So I suppose his movies appearances could also be made humorous. After all, he did advise people to live, love, and LAUGH!
So what say you, folks?! Should William Moulton Marston be immortalized and make appearances in each and every DC/Warner movie that features Wonder Woman in it???
VOTE ON IT!
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