Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th birthday this year, but the character still has the ability to spring surprises based on new revelations.
DC Comics writer Greg Rucka has confirmed speculation about the superheroine’s sexuality, saying that’s she’s definitely had relationshipS with other women. The character has historically resided on Themyscira, an island populated only with women.
Speaking to Comicosity, Rucka admitted that writing about Diana Prince’s bisexuality can get complicated.
“Are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women?”
“It’s supposed to be paradise,” Rucka said. “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 [Scott, Rucka’s artist and collaborator on comic Wonder Woman: Year One] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.”
Despite Wonder Woman’s iconic status, Rucka explained that he has never experienced any pressure from his comic book bosses to skate around her sexuality.
“Nobody at DC has ever said, ‘She’s gotta be straight.’ Nobody. Ever. They’ve never blinked at this,” he commented. “I think every publisher can be lit up for moments of negligence and mistakes they made, but it matters a great deal to me that DC be given their due here.
“They would, I think, like any business, prefer this not be an issue to anybody. But most of us human beings would also really rather this not be an issue for anybody anymore. It is what it is.”
Will this particular part of Wonder Woman lore feature in the forthcoming film with Gal Gadot?
Based on the early trailers, the titular character look like she’s hooking up with Chris Pine’s pilot Steve Trevor, while the character Philippus, heavily implied to be the partner of Wonder Woman’s mother Hippolyta, doesn’t feature in the film.
For a more progressive look at the character, you’ll probably have to dip into the comic books.