Greg Rucka, the writer behind the latest series of Wonder Woman books, says that the famous heroine is queer: What does it mean?
We’ve definiely been thrilled lately about the representation of women in the superhero world (although we could always use more women—and, ahem, with bigger roles), but there are definitely some groups that are still left out of that universe, Marvel or otherwise. One of them? The LBGTQ community, who remains pretty invisible both in comic books and on the silver screen. But Greg Rucka, the writer behind the latest series of Wonder Woman books, has confirmed some welcome news about his main character’s sexuality that begins to help to alleviate that discrepancy.
It turns out, Rucka says, that Wonder Woman is queer. If you think about it, this makes perfect sense: Princess Diana, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, is a demigod from a paradise island called Themyscira, an island populated only by fierce warrior women like herself.
Rucka explains the decision to Comicosity as being purely logical: “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.”
Along with challenging the largely heteronormative world of superhero characters’ sexuality via a major film, the best part of Rucka’s decision to share Wonder Woman‘s identity is that it gives the character further agency in how her story is represented.