By: Marrissa Nellis
Wonder Woman is officially queer! Current Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed that the superheroine is bisexual in an interview with Comicosity on September 29.
“Now, are we saying that DIana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola [Scott, Rucka’s artist and collaborator on the “Wonder Woman: Year One” storyline] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes,” said Rucka.
Rucka was also adamant in saying that Wonder Woman needs to be bisexual. He went on to say, “…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 confirmation doesn’t come as a surprise to die hard fans of the Amazonian warrior. For years, fans have speculated on Diana’s sexuality and, for pretty much everyone, Rucka’s declaration makes sense.
In an interview with Variety, Gal Gadot, who plays Princess Diana in Batman v. Superman and in the upcoming solo film, acknowledged Rucka’s take on the character. Gadot said, “It’s not something we’ve explored [in the film]. It never came to the table, but when you talk theoretically about all the women on Themyscira and how many years she was there, then what he [Rucka] said makes sense.”
Gadot went on to say, “She’s a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.”
Even though the film won’t hit on the subject of Diana’s sexuality, it’ll be interesting to see how the DC Extended Universe will handle the subject in later films.
Rucka also talked about the challenges he faced in writing on the subject and went on to say that he would not write in an open declaration on Wonder Woman’s sexuality unless it fit the narrative well.
He ended the interview saying, “Our job — myself, Nicola, and Liam [Sharp, another artist on the “Wonder Woman: Year One” storyline] — is to serve the character. To tell the best stories that we can possibly tell for her, and to the best of our abilities. That is always the eye on the prize for us. If, on the way, we manage to step on bases that expand a larger understanding of Diana’s importance culturally and that answer questions people have, great! And I know this is going to frustrate some people, but that’s not my first order of business.”
Wonder Woman No. 8, an interlude in the “Wonder Woman: Year One” storyline was released on Oct. 12 and is available for purchase online. Wonder Woman, the upcoming solo film starring Gadot will be out in theaters on June 2, 2017.