Wonder Woman Confirmed Bisexual
What are some concrete characteristics for superheroes? Strong? Yes. Costumes? Yes. Secret identities? Yes. Superhuman abilities? Of course. Heterosexuality? Technically no. According to DC Comics writer Greg Rucka Wonder Woman, a staple in the comic book universe and soon to have her first feature film, is in fact not straight, but bisexual. In an interview conducted by www.comicostly.com, Rucka states that Wonder Woman “must be queer”.
According to the newspaper article published by ABC in their opening statement (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-01/wonder-woman-is-'obviously'-queer,-dc-comic-writer-confirms/7895026 ) “For some it has always been clear, but for others it will come as a shock: DC comic writer Greg Rucka has confirmed superhero and warrior princess Wonder Woman is bisexual.” This is mainly due to the fact that Themyscira, the island which is home to the Amazonians, has no men. So because of that the only relationships around would be with women or themselves (asexual). The ABC article continues on as they highlight the main points of the interview such as Rucka stating “Are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola (other Wonder Woman Writer) and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.” This came as no shock to most people, because the way her homeland is structured, even a casual comic book reader could put the pieces together as to believing she is bisexual.
The last two main takeaways from the article are Greg Rucka stating Themyscira is “queer culture,” which means that most of the inhabitants identify as homosexual. Lastly, the ingeniousness of storytelling in their eyes. By which I mean in the interview, Rucka states that the reason why Wonder Woman hasn’t had dialogue that straight up says “I’m gay,” is because it has no use for the story, however, if asked point blank and it has to do with the story, she would have to answer but just out of the blue saying it would not help the story. He believes that showing you her character development and showing you her life (which in reality will give you the answer eventually) would give more justice to Wonder Woman than by just her saying “yes, I am bisexual.” He wants the reader to get something more out of the book instead of just “queer superhero.”
Although this is not a big shock to a lot of people, it is a step in the right direction for the LGBTQ community and comic book companies. This is one of the first times ever that a major superhero is in fact not straight, besides Iceman, who was one of the original X-Men. Not only is Wonder Woman one of the most famous superheroes to ever be written, she is also part of what comic book lovers consider the “Holy Trinity.” In other worlds the three main people of the DC universe which include Batman and Superman. The importance of this clarification is massive because it finally connects, even if just a little bit, the LGBTQ community to superheroes; something has been brought up in the recent decade. The community has long stressed how there have been no LGBTQ superhero. When writers finally crafted one, the response from them were generally negative only because most critics assumed they were written and drawn up just as a “fill-in” to appease the crowd, make for political reasons and to show their readers they are in fact, not homophobic. Now, with having Wonder Woman announced officially as queer or bisexual, it is no longer just a filler, now its a well-known superhero, a superhero that has been around for 75 years and will continue to be a permeant staple in the DC and comic book universe. Diversity in superheroes for the win!!