Wonder Woman is queer.
“I don’t know how much clearer I can make it!” said her writer, Greg Rucka, who – after working on on Wonder Woman for DC Comics throughout the 2000s – returned to DC Comics this year with artists Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp for the Rebirth series to commemorate the superhero’s 75th year in print.
Speaking with comic news site Comicosity, Rucka said that Wonder Woman – known as the warrior princess Diana in her homeland of Themyscira, an island populated only by Amazonian women – had “obviously” been in love and had relationships with other women in Themyscira.
This is because Themyscira is “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… But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, ‘You’re gay.’ They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist,” Rucka was quoted as saying.
Beyond this, Rucka added that this needed to be stated also to highlight that Diana did not leave Themyscira “only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve (Trevor)”, since this would diminish her character. “It would hurt the character and take away her heroism. When we talk about agency of characters in 2016, Diana deciding to leave her home forever — which is what she believes she’s doing — if she does that because she’s fallen for a guy, I believe that diminishes her heroism. She doesn’t leave because of Steve. She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing. And she has resolved it must be her to make this sacrifice,” Rucka further stated.
Perhaps anticipating the fan (and non-fan) reaction, Rucka also stated that DC Comics “never blinked at this… 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. This is how the Amazons live.”