This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the iconic DC Comics character Wonder Woman, with Diana Prince finally making her way to the big screen this past spring in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as portrayed by Gal Gadot. While Diana of Themyscira will return next year in her own standalone Wonder Woman movie, the character has been rebooted for the comics with a new DC Universe Rebirth series that debuted last month. Greg Rucka, the writer for that series, confirms what many fans had suspected, that this Wonder Woman is in fact queer.
Greg Rucka and artists Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp introduced this new version of Wonder Woman in the graphic novel Wonder Woman: Year One, followed by the weekly DC Comics Bombshells digital-first series and the twice-monthly DC Universe Rebirth Wonder Woman series. Comicosity asked Greg Rucka straight up if the Wonder Woman he has crafted is queer, which the site defined as "involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender." Here's what Greg Rucka had to say in response to this query.
"Yes. 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."
Greg Rucka also added that for Diana Prince to overtly come out and say she's gay would be "bad writing," stating that they want to show readers these characters' lives, as opposed to just telling readers about their lives. He also added that one of the main reasons Diana is queer involves her often-used male love interest, Steve Trevor. Here's what Greg Rucka had to say below.
"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. 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. 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. So, it's a thorny question. And I understand as best as I can the desire to see representation on the page. I don't object to that at all. But my job first and foremost is always to serve the characters as best I can. For me, all other questions aside - and there are many legitimate reasons to ask the question - the answer first and foremost must be yes, because otherwise it takes away from Diana's heroism."
It isn't known if this new comic book will have any impact on Gal Gadot's version of Wonder Woman moving forward. We know that the actress' stand alone Wonder Woman movie will be partially set on Themyscira, and we've seen images and footage of her Amazonian warriors in action. It remains to be seen if these characters' sexuality will be addressed in the movie or not, when it hits theaters on June 2, 2017.