In a super statement by comic scribe Greg Rucka, Wonder Woman is not heteronormative.
The first Wonder Woman movie won’t be released until next year, but there is already anticipation surrounding its sequel. While the character’s romantic relationship in the 2017 film will be with a male character, there is a strong possibility that a second movie could renegotiate her sexual identity.
To comic fans, the revelation makes complete sense. Wonder Woman lives on Themyscira, a paradise island completely inhabited by women.
“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” Rucka says.
Gal Gadot, the actress to play Wonder Woman has also spoken out about the ambiguity of her character’s sexuality, saying “she’s a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.” Gadot even revealed the possible love interest as Halle Berry, saying “I saw her the other day, Halle Berry. She’s so beautiful. Wow! She’s gorgeous! So… yeah, I could do it with her.”
Although a bisexual Wonder Woman would certainly create controversy among critics and audiences, Rucka believes there are many other difficulties surrounding a queer Wonder Woman in terms of the narrative’s integrity. For example, in Wonder Woman’s home of Themyscira, the concept of homosexuality doesn’t exist – “Themyscira is a queer culture (but) for the Amazons, it’s just not a word that’s active in their vocabulary.”
To Rucka, Gadot and many Wonder Woman comic fans, the fact that she has an ambiguous sexual identity has been assumed for decades, and shouldn’t be made a big deal. To interrogate the legitimacy of a queer, female super hero would go against the authenticity of the comics.
On his role as creating Wonder Woman’s character, Rucka says, “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.”
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