Wonder Woman is 'queer,' confirms comic's writer Greg Rucka

By Sarah Mulé   |   Sept. 30, 2016 at 1:39 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Wonder Woman's current writer Greg Rucka confirmed that the Amazon princess is queer, saying she has "obviously" been in relationships with other women.

Wonder Woman, also known as Diana, princess of the all-female Amazonian island Themyscira, has long been believed to be queer, though Rucka pointed out that it's just a way of life on the mystical island.

"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," Rucka said in an interview with Comicosity.

"It's supposed to be paradise. You're supposed to be able to live happily," he added. "You're supposed to be able to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationships. And the only options are women."

Rucka also noted that the idea of homosexuality doesn't exist on Diana's island.

"An Amazon doesn't look at another Amazon and say, 'You're gay.' They don't. The concept doesn't exist," he said. "Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As (Wonder Woman artist) Nicola (Scott) and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes."

Rucka also said that Diana's sexuality is important to convey the character's heroism. He noted that the decision to leave Themyscira was not because of Diana's attraction to Steve Trevor, a military officer whose plane crashed on the Amazonian's island and was nursed back to health by Diana.

"When we talk about agency of characters in 2016," Rucka said, "Diana deciding to leave her home forever -- which is what she believes she's doing -- if she does that because she's fallen for a guy, I believe that diminishes her heroism."

"My personal politics are absolutely always going to influence how I write what I write," he said. "But at the end of the day, what I believe doesn't matter. What matters is what you leave the book with."

Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman in the upcoming standalone film, which premieres in theaters on June 2, 2017.

Gadot first donned the Wonder Woman suit for this year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film, which also starred Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.

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