Are you ready for a queer Wonder Woman?
After all, the iconic comic book superhero was raised by Amazons on the island of Themyscira and there were only women around. So it’s only logical to think that she’s had relationship with women.
Fortunately, it looks like DC Comics– the publisher of the Wonder Woman comic books– has finally admitted the same. Or at least its current writer, Greg Rucka, does.
A queer Wonder Woman whose time has come
In an exclusive interview with the Comicosity website, Matt Santori-Griffith asked Rucka if Diana Prince (also known as Wonder Woman) is queer.
“Yes,” Rucka said. “(W)hen you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, “How can they not all be in same sex relationships?” Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.”
However, he clarified that the Amazons don’t think they’re gay because it’s a concept that doesn’t exist for them.
“It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able– in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner– to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women,” he added.
Rucka further noted that Wonder Woman’s relationship with the character Steve Trevor doesn’t take away from her queerness.
“When we talk about agency of characters in 2016, Diana deciding to leave her home forever– which is what she believes she’s doing– if she does that because she’s fallen for a guy, I believe that diminishes her heroism,” Rucka said.
“She doesn’t leave because of Steve. She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing. And she has resolved it must be her to make this sacrifice,” he explained.
DC supportive of a queer Wonder Woman
Rucka also defended Wonder Woman’s publisher from accusations that they didn’t speak mention this side of Wonder Woman before because they were afraid.
“I really don’t like the idea that there are people out there who might think DC is being mealy-mouthed about this. They’re not. No one wants to be taken out of context by ignorant people, but nobody at DC has ever said, “She’s gotta be straight.” Nobody. Ever. They’ve never blinked at this,” Rucka said.
“I think every publisher can be lit up for moments of negligence and mistakes they made, but it matters a great deal to me that DC be given their due here,” the writer said.
It would be interesting to see whether this would be considered canon, given the fact that DC has a live-action Wonder Woman movie coming out soon starring Gal Gadot as Diana and Chris Pine as Steve.
But still, it would be cool to think that all this time, Wonder Woman– standing tall together with other superheroes like Superman and Batman– was as queer as a rainbow unicorn.