Rebirth’s take on “Wonder Woman” has undoubtedly shaken up the DC Comics character’s origin and status quo, but it’s also notable for exploring an often untouced side of Diana Prince that’s tied to her early days under creator William Moulton Marston: Her complex sexuality.
In a recent interview with Comicosity, Greg Rucka was directly asked if his take on Wonder Woman is in fact queer — in this case, if Diana has any romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender — replying, “Yes.”
Rucka delved into the complex nature of the question, saying, “I think it’s more complicated though. 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 explained, “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.”
Rucka went on to clarify that DC Comics never directed him when it came to exploring Wonder Woman’s sexuality: “…nobody at DC has ever said, ‘She’s gotta be straight.’ Nobody. Ever. They’ve never blinked at this,” adding, “and when they’ve had questions about how we represent this, it’s always been about representing what the story needs. I think every publisher can be lit up for moments of negligence and mistakes they made, but it matters a great deal to me that DC be given their due here.”
Though he admits you can find evidence in the story that suggests his version is an LGBT take on Wonder Woman, Rucka says it’s really up to the reader to take that away. “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.”
Rucka, Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp’s latest installment, “Wonder Woman” #7, is on sale now from DC Comics.
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