Wonder Woman has always been a queer icon. In fact, just last year, in Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, she officiated a wedding between two women and schooled Clark Kent on the issue of gay marriage, telling the farm boy, "Clark, my country is all women — to us, it's not gay marriage, it's just marriage." Now, DC Comics writer Greg Rucka has made things official, and it's about fucking time.
In an interview with Comicosity, Rucka, who is currently exploring the Amazonian hero's origin story in his Year One series, confirmed that his Wonder Woman is, indeed, queer. "Are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola [Scott] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes," he said.
This makes a lot of sense, given that Diana of Themyscira was raised on an island where women rule above all and men (and their pronouns) cease to exist. Themyscira is a socially progressive, idyllic place where the word "gay" has no meaning — and how could it?
"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 said.
"It's supposed to be paradise," he added. "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."
The question of Wonder Woman's sexuality is particularly pertinent in the lead-up to the first Wonder Woman film, which hits theaters next summer. In the trailer for the DC film, Diana (Gal Gadot) leaves Themyscira to help save mankind from its own world war — and the handsome soldier (Chris Pine) who washes ashore on the island is nothing more than a pretty bonus.
"She doesn't leave because of Steve," Rucka said, reflecting on Wonder Woman's origin story. "She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing."