Christie Marston, the granddaughter of Dr. William Moulton Marston, has spoken out against Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the movie ostensibly about the life of her grandfather and his polyamorous relationship with Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne. Marston has called the film "a work of fiction" that is "based on someone's imagination," and stated that the Marston family has nothing to do with the film in a series of tweets.
On October 9th, Marston tweeted an article from Vulture headlined "Professor Marston Director Defends Queer Interpretation: Were Elizabeth Holloway Marston And Olive Byrne Lovers? Angela Robinson Thinks It's Open To Interpretation," adding the comment:
She followed that up by tweeting some images referring to the movie's "lies:"
So what is the true story, then? Marston says that can be found in an article on Psychology Today headlined "The True Story of Wonder Woman's Marston Ménage à Trois."
And that article, which has spoilers if that concerns you, says:
Bill, Betty, and Dotsie did indeed live in a ménage à trois in the literal sense of the term: "household of three." It was a household of three adults raising a family together. Could it have been a ménage à trois in the more commonly used meaning of the phrase, to refer to three-way sex acts? It could have. Maybe it was and maybe it was not, but my point is that absolutely no one knows. The upcoming motion picture Professor Marston and the Wonder Women not only indicates that it was but also that the two women enjoyed a sexual relation together apart from Bill as well.
Whether it's truth or fiction, you still might enjoy the movie. Bleeding Cool gave it a good review, calling it "simply wonderful," though the film isn't exactly burning up the box office charts, making less than a million dollars — less than even Marvel's Inhumans, the benchmark for poor box office returns.
So what do you think? Does it bother you that a film based on a true story might not actually be true? Or is it just the new normal in the era of fake news?