In a bit of equality-in-comics news, it appears the DC’s Greg Rucka has officially gone and confirmed that Wonder Woman is in fact queer. More to the point, she’s bi-sexual. Given that Bi-Visability Day was just this past week, the timing seems right to make this announcement despite the fact that it’s something fans have kind of assumed for quite some time.
In a recent interview with the folks at Comicocity, Rucka took the time to explain:
I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, “Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!”
And when 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.
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.
But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.
Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.
And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism.
This news comes at a time when comic companies and creators are drastically trying to diversify their characters in accordance to their already diverse demographics. This is largely been a very welcome addition as it helps to flush out the respective universes and make them a little bit more real. Obvious backlash has been met by the internet troll community that for some reason just can’t seem to handle change, but by and large it’s helped tell a better and more diverse array of stories.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, over on Marvel’s side of the world they’ve gone and made Thor a woman by allowing Jane Foster to take up the mantle, Sam Wilson (formally known as the Falcon) has become Captain America, Amadeus Cho is the new Hulk, and Marvel’s new Iron Man character, known now as Iron Heart, is an African American woman by the name of Riri Williams, a young science genius who was smart enough to build her own version of the Iron Man armor. It was also revealed last year that X-Men alumni, Ice Man, is in fact gay along with a handful of other characters.
This level of inclusion is really fantastic as it opens up the door for all kinds of new story telling and drama through growing character relationships. We’re curious to see how this will or won’t impact things in her coming stories or if this will carry over into the movies, but we expect that they’ll probably just keep on writing Wonder Woman the same way they have been with this new confirmation hanging in as an unwritten part of her backstory.
What do you think? Should Wonder Woman get involved in a same sex relationship right away, or should they just allow things to develop as they develop? Let me know in the comments section below.