DC Comics writer Greg Rucka is currently working on a run of Wonder Woman Year One books designed to flesh out and reimagine the Amazonian heroine’s origin story. The writer recently made some comments about the classic DC character that may surprise you and yet, according to Rucka, it’s about something that’s so plainly obvious that the real response should be: Duh.
Rucka, in an interview with Comicosity, says that it’s plain to see that Wonder Woman is gay. After saying “Yes” about whether or not the Wonder Woman he’s writing is gay, Rucka went on to offer this very long, very thorough explanation:
“I think itâ€™s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: weâ€™ve had a long history of people â€” for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason â€” say, ‘Ooo. Look. Itâ€™s the Amazons. Theyâ€™re gay!’
And 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.
Itâ€™s supposed to be paradise. Youâ€™re supposed to be able to live happily. Youâ€™re supposed to be able â€” in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner â€” to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.
But an Amazon doesnâ€™t look at another Amazon and say, ‘Youâ€™re gay.’ They donâ€™t. The concept doesnâ€™t exist.
Now, 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.
And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism.”
He has a point.
So what do you think of Rucka’s views on Wonder Woman? Should it have been obvious all along? Should the films she’s about to appear in, played by Gal Gadot, explore this at all? Is the world ready for a gay Wonder Woman? Discuss.