Wonder Woman is coming out!
In most cases, it’s difficult to rework a pop culture icon to add diversity, but in the case of Wonder Woman, whose history hasn’t been rehashed time and again through comic books, animated series, and feature films, creating a more diverse background is relatively simple. As Gal Gadot works to bring the character to life in the DC Entertainment live action film franchises, DC Comic writers are busy giving Wonder Woman a history and a persona that will be attractive to most comic book readers. In part, that means giving the LGBTQ community a Wonder Woman with whom they can identify.
A Queer Wonder Woman Isn’t Something New
As Entertainment Weekly brings out in their coverage of Wonder Woman’s outing as a queer superhero, it has long been suspected that Wonder Woman, A.K.A. Diana Prince, has been romantically linked to female characters. While her heterosexual relationships have been more openly explored, past story arcs have gone to great lengths in implying romantic and physical relations among Diana Prince and the other women of Themyscira.
It makes sense. Themyscira is an island of women and those living there certainly would need to satisfy their sexual urges, as well as their need for companionship and romance.
Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka has just confirmed that Diana Prince is indeed queer.
Although the term “queer” may have many connotations and some of them derogatory, it was used by Rucka and by those covering his interview as having the definition of someone having a “romantic and/or sexual interest in people of the same gender,” though not necessarily gay. Queer has also been used as a generic term, covering every orientation within the LGBTQ community.
Wonder Woman Writer Greg Rucka’s Own Words On Diana Prince’s Sexuality
Rucka opened up to Comicosity about his views on Wonder Woman’s sexual orientation, as well as commenting on the idea that DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. can impose their views of the Wonder Woman character on the comic book series. First of all, Rucka sets the record straight, heading off ugly rumors before they can ever gather steam, by pointedly stating that neither DC nor Warner Bros. ever mandated a straight Wonder Woman. Greg says it has never even been a topic of conversation, so, as far as he’s concerned, Wonder Woman comic book writers have free reign in exploring that aspect of Diana Prince’s persona.
Much like DC and Warner Bros., Rucka feels that sexual orientation and gender identity are items that should be considered a non-issue, meaning that the details of a character’s preferences shouldn’t become the most important thing about the story. He says people need to start accepting the array of human sexuality for what it is, but, he adds, whether or not people can do it, the queer lifestyle is just a way of life for the Amazons in much the same way heterosexuality is a way of life for a portion of our own society.
This leads to Rucka’s views on Wonder Woman and her sexual identity, after having spent the equivalent of several lifetimes among her Amazonian sisters on Themyscira. The Wonder Woman writer begins his explanation by setting forth the conditions under which the Amazon women would have had to explore their sexuality.
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“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,” explains the Wonder Woman comic book writer. “You’re supposed to be able … 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.”
From there, Mr. Rucka gets into more detail about the specific story arc for Diana Prince, describing why it’s both logical and absolutely needed for Wonder Woman to identify as queer. As Greg explains it, making Wonder Woman 100 percent straight would actually lessen the strength of her character, both subtly and in more blatant ways.
“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,” suggests the Wonder Woman writer. “It would hurt the character and take away her heroism … 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.”