In light of writer Greg Rucka’s recent confirmation that he’s writing a Wonder Woman that could be defined as queer, “Wonder Woman” film star Gal Gadot has offered up her opinion on the matter.
While Gadot says it’s something not touched on in the film, she does indicate that it’s definitely a possibility.
“It’s not something we’ve explored [in the film],” Gadot told Variety in a recent interview. “It never came to the table, but when you talk theoretically about all the women on Themyscira and how many years she was there, then what he said makes sense. In this movie she does not experience any bisexual relationships. But it’s not about that. She’s a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.”
In Rucka’s interview, he did indicate that Wonder Woman is queer — in this case, if Diana has any romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender — but noted that it’s “complicated.”
“I think it’s more complicated though,” Rucka said. “This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, ‘Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!’”
He added, “It’s 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.”
At the end of the day, Rucka said it’s more about what the reader takes away from the subtext, rather than explicit evidence in his comic. “It doesn’t matter if I say, ‘Yes, she’s queer.’ Or ‘No, she’s not queer.’ It matters what you get out of the book. Can you find it? Is it there? Is it on the page in action or in deed? Then, there’s your answer.”
Directed by Patty Jenkins (“Monster”), written by Allan Heinberg (“Young Avengers”) and Geoff Johns (“Justice League”), and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen, “Wonder Woman” hits theaters on June 2, 2017.
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