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Newswire: Luke Evans to play the creator of Wonder Woman in a new biopic

Wonder Woman herself has a thrilling origin tale, but her creator, Dr. William Moulton Marston, had a pretty interesting backstory as well. Marston—who received a PhD from Harvard in 1921—began his career as a psychologist/carnival barker, inventing (and doing frequent. splashy public demonstrations of) a blood-pressure based lie detector test after observing that his wife Elizabeth’s blood pressure would rise when she was angry. Marston seemed to live his life in thrall to women: A bondage enthusiast—it’s no coincidence that Wonder Woman ties someone up or gets tied up in nearly all of her early adventures—he secretly maintained a long-term relationship with two women, Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne (niece of birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger), in what nowadays we’d call a polyamorous triad.

Elizabeth and Olive both inspired Marston’s most famous creation, Wonder Woman, designed to be a modern …

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