Is WONDER WOMAN Queer? 'Obviously Yes,' Says RUCKA

"Wonder Woman #4" cover
Credit: DC Comics
Credit: DC Comics

Fans have long speculated about Wonder Woman's sexuality; growing up on an island inhabited solely by women would imply that romantic and sexual relationships between women are a fact of life, though in mainstream continuity, Diana has almost solely pursued those relationships with men. Now, in a recent interview, Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka has definitively stated that yes, Wonder Woman is "queer" - though he also admits the answer isn't exactly black and white.

Defined in the interview as "involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender," Rucka told Comicosity definitively that Wonder Woman is queer - however, the people of Themiscyra don't define their sexuality with the heternormative terms of "man's world."

"Yes. I think it’s more complicated though," explained Rucka. "This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people - for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason - say, 'Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’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," he continued. "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 [artist] Nicola [Scott] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes."

Rucka goes on to explain that it's important that Diana's first romantic relationship not be with Steve Trevor, otherwise her drive to leave Themyscira would be motivated by love rather than sacrifice, which he explains "takes away her heroism."

"When we talk about agency of characters in 2016, 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. She doesn’t leave because of Steve. She leaves because she wants to see the world and somebody must go and do this thing. And she has resolved it must be her to make this sacrifice."

However, Rucka also states that he has avoided having Wonder Woman state her sexuality outright because doing so doesn't serve the story. Rather, he takes a "show, don't tell" approach to explaining Wonder Woman's identity.

"For my purposes, that’s bad writing," Rucka said of what he calls "the Northstar problem" - needing a character to state their sexuality outright for it to be considered valid. "That’s a character stating something that’s not impacting the story. I get nothing for my narrative out of that in almost any case. When a character is being asked point blank, if it’s germane to the story, then you get the answer. But for me, and I think for Nicola as well, for any story we tell - be it Black Magick, be it Wonder Woman, be it a Batman story - we want to show you these characters and their lives, and what they are doing."

"By our standards where I am standing of 2016, Themyscira is a queer culture. I’m not hedging that. And anyone who wants to prevaricate on that is being silly," he continued. "I really don’t like the idea that there are people out there who might think DC is being mealy-mouthed about this. They’re not. No one wants to be taken out of context by ignorant people, but nobody at DC has ever said, 'She’s gotta be straight.' Nobody. Ever. They’ve never blinked at this."

"And when they’ve had questions about how we represent this, it’s always been about representing what the story needs. I think every publisher can be lit up for moments of negligence and mistakes they made, but it matters a great deal to me that DC be given their due here."
Rucka summed his and DC's approach to Wonder Woman's sexuality by saying that they prefer to think of it as a simple fact, a non-issue.
"They would, I think, like any business, prefer this not be an issue to anybody. But most of us human beings would also really rather this not be an issue for anybody anymore. It is what it is. This is how the Amazons live."
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