‘Wonder Woman is bisexual’, says DC comic book writer Greg Rucka.
When asked of Wonder Woman’s sexuality, Greg Rucka was quite blatant with his opinions on how sexuality should be represented in comic books. In a highly in-depth interview with Comicocity, Rucka explained that he did not want his comic books to simply ‘tell’ of sexuality. He preferred to “show, not tell” and as for Wonder Woman herself, he said:
Rucka: 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.
Perhaps the clearest explanation is what follows. Explaining that Wonder Woman’s (or Princess Diana) Amazon utopian culture in Themyscira and the way she was brought up:
Rucka: 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.
Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.
From Rucka’s open approach (and the fact that the fans have guessed this for years) it is quite blatant that Wonder Woman is indeed queer. She’s definitely bisexual—and we wonder if that’ll play any part in the upcoming film.
Who is Wonder Woman? What upcoming film?
In 2017, Wonder Woman will be released in cinemas. Much-hyped at San Diego Comic Con 2016, it’ll star Gal Gadot as the eponymous heroine with an exceptional supporting cast including Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, and Robin Wright.
Gadot in particular has been very frank about what Wonder Woman is and isn’t—and it’s refreshingly honest. When interviewed by EW she simply said:
Gadot: She is not relying on a man, and she’s not there because of a love story. She’s not there to serve someone else… She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence. She’s loving…And it’s all her heart—that’s her strength. I think women are amazing for being able to show what they feel. I admire women who do. I think it’s a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let’s own who we are and use it as a strength.
Extraordinarily, Gadot is seriously…badass. Having served in the Israeli military, she was also Miss Islam. She even enrolled to study law before deciding that acting was her passion—and if this isn’t a superstar role for a superstar lady then we don’t know what is!
Whether or not they’ll incorporate this recent news into the film has yet to be confirmed—but it’s exciting that a major superhero such as Wonder Woman can be bisexual too. It sounds silly but it’s rare. Fingers crossed.