It’s time to welcome Wonder Woman to the DC Comics’ growing circle of LGBT superheroes.
Writer Greg Rucka confirmed that Wonder Woman, otherwise known as Diana of Themyscira, is queer in an interview with Comicosity. Rucka said the decision to depict the character as such was only “logical,” given that her island home, Themyscira, is inhabited only by women, which can be interpreted by some as a “queer culture.”
“It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able… to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship,” he said. “And the only options are women.”
As to whether or not Wonder Woman has been in love and had relationships with other women, he added, “As [artist Nicola Scott] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes. And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons.”
The news probably comes as little surprise to Wonder Woman fans, as there have been varying theories around the character’s sexuality for some time. In 2015, she presided over a same-sex wedding in Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Chapter 48. To date, however, no other DC Comics writer has gone on record regarding whether or not fans can interpret Wonder Woman as a queer character.
It remains to be seen whether or not Rucka’s confirmation will play out in the DC Rebirth relaunch of the Wonder Woman series, which will include two stories featuring the character. It should be noted that Wonder Woman has traditionally been depicted as having a longtime, heterosexual love interest in Steve Trevor, who she often rescues in a gender-reversed take on the “damsel-in-distress” motif. It appears as if 2017’s hotly-anticipated “Wonder Woman” film will maintain the heterosexual relationship, with “Star Trek” hunk Chris Pine starring as Trevor opposite Gal Gadot in the titular role.
Still, major kudos to DC Comics, which hasn’t shied away from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in recent years. In 2013, the DC Universe introduced the first openly transgender character in a “Batgirl” comic. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle, the character formally known as Catwoman, was confirmed to be bisexual.
Welcome to the family, Wonder Woman!