So, in case you haven’t heard by now, Wonder Woman has been confirmed by her writers over at DC Comics to be bisexual.
Of course, with any news regarding a change to an iconic or even obscure character (i.e. Steve Rogers being HYDRA, Iron Fist possibly being Asian, Ice Man being gay, Riri Williams, etc.) the comic book geek backlash has been in an uproar. Many are in support of this decision and many others are against it.
DC has been sorely lacking in its diversity department. I myself am a DC fan but at least Marvel has a smart way to introduce new and fresh diversity into their comics. DC kind of just jumbles and throws diversity all together in one fit without giving much thought in the process but that doesn’t mean they’re not improving.
I personally do not think that Wonder Woman being bisexual is somehow bad and that it “ruins the character” when this really has been her for quite some time. I think it’s great the direction they’re pushing forward to and I think it’s great to finally see LGBTQ representation. And what better way than to use a classic and iconic hero like Wonder Woman?
Greg Rucka, the writer of the Wonder Woman comic series, has stated that Themyscira is a paradise and that “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.”
Rucka continues to explain by saying “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,”
Rucka is hardly the first writer to reveal Wonder Woman as bisexual. Many writers in the past have done so and it’s always been implied. Rucka is finally the one to announce it to everyone in the world. Anyone who has read Wonder Woman since the pre-52 era can probably piece together by now the relationships between the Amazons and that Wonder Woman was never just solely interested in men and man’s world.
It’s great to finally see some representation in comics! Even if the print form might be straggling a bit compared to the films it’s still great to see diversity! Maybe this may translate into the new Wonder Woman film coming out, who knows? Comics no longer influence the movies, movies now influence the comics. But I don’t see how the DCEU couldn’t fit this in if they wanted to.
What are all your thoughts? Comments? Opinions?