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How Close We Came to Wonder Woman And Green Lantern Dating

In Nothing Was Delivered, we look at announced comic book projects that never came about. We'll try to find out WHY they didn't come out. I'm sure you all know tons of examples of comic book projects like these, so feel free to write me at brianc@cbr.com to tell me some for future columns.

My pal Fraser wrote in to ask about an old Comic Book Legends Revealed where I wrote about the aborted plan to have Wonder Woman and Green Lantern date. He was just looking for a link to that article, but hey, wouldn't it be better to just spotlight it in my "planned comic book projects that never came about" feature, so everyone can enjoy it again? Everyone agreed on that? Good, let's continue!

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Over the years, Wonder Woman flirted with Superman a little bit...

and she and Batman got so close to dating that they even used a "project the future" machine to determine what would happen if they got together (it did not end out well for either one of them, but boy, was it passionate!)...

Heck, during a Fairy Tale storyline where Princess Diana was turned into Sleeping Beauty, Aquaman (being royalty, too) kissed her to wake her up...

However, the only Justice League teammate that Wonder Woman has actually dated was Superman in the New 52...

They even shared their own comic book title together for a while....

That was very nearly not the case, though! As she almost struck up a relationship with Hal Jordan in the 1970s. You see, while Hal and Wonder Woman weren't particularly close at the time...

She didn't have a whole lot of options among her teammates. Superman had Lois Lane, Green Arrow had Black Canary and Flash, Atom, Elongated Man and Hawkman were all married. The Avengers had broken new ground with human/android inter-relations, but I doubt DC was ready to go there with Red Tornado. So really it was either Batman or Green Lantern and at the time, Jack C. Harris was both writing Wonder Woman and editing Green Lantern, so it seemed like a perfect fit in terms of synchronization.

Apparently, though, a fan then wrote in suggesting that Wonder Woman and Green Lantern start dating and you know how comic book companies are if they feel like someone might claim that they stole an idea, so they backed off the plan. And then Harris was replaced as the writer on Wonder Woman and the whole plan fell apart.

Here are letter column posts in Wonder Woman #253 and #259 where Harris explains what went down...

Thanks to the great Xum Yukinori for suggesting this for Comic Book Legends Revealed years ago. And thanks to Fraser for reminding me of it!

If anyone has a suggestion for another interesting comic book series/story that never got published, let me know at brianc@cbr.com!

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