A DC Comics writer has revealed that superhero Wonder Woman is queer, confirming speculation that has been rife in the fan community for some time.
The character of Wonder Woman’s origins as an Amazonian Princess, Diana of Themyscira, have recently been explored in the comic book ‘Year One’. The comic delves deeper into her life story before coming to Earth, where she lived under the alias of Diana Prince.
Among these explorations are hints at her sexuality, which writer Greg Rucka identified as queer in an interview with Comicosity, with the journalist explaining the term as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender”.
Greg suggested that it’s taken this long to confirm the character’s sexual preference because in the past, it’s something that’s been used for “titillation”, adding: “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.”
He continued: “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.”
Gal Gadot is set to play ‘Wonder Woman’ in a new film, set for release in 2017, having briefly appeared in the role in ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice’, opposite Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as the titular superheroes.
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