Comic books are a funny thing. Despite certain heroes being around for decades and having a ton of different universes, hardcore fans have been known to resist major changes in the characters. We saw this at Marvel this year when a female Thor and Iron Man were created, and it was revealed that Captain America had actually been a secret Hydra member the whole time. And now DC comics has stepped into the controversial ring by redefining Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman was recently confirmed as a queer character- having apparently had romantic relationships with women in her life, in addition to the male love interests we've seen her interact with in the past. But why did this revelation happen now?
Regardless of how you feel about Wonder Woman's new queer identity, you have to admit that this makes a great deal of sense. Her home of Themyscira is completely devoid of men, so it's logical that the Amazonian denizens would find companions amongst themselves- regardless of how we traditionally think of sexual identity.
It's also important to note how very different Themyscira is from the outside world. The fictional Amazonian home operates completely separate from the traditional world of man. Concepts like sexual orientation and gender roles aren't present- the strong residents of Themyscira do it all themselves. So if the Amazons require companionship they just explore a connection they already have.
It should be interesting to see how Wonder Woman's newfound sexuality affects the DC Extended Universe. Both the MCU and DCEU have been facing some backlash over their lack of diversity. And while Marvel is finally diversifying with Black Panther and Spider-Man: Homecoming, neither production company has included any queer characters thus far. In fact, Star Trek is the only major action franchise to include an LBGT person- as Sulu's husband was introduced in Beyond. And while Diana Prince will presumably have a love arc in Wonder Woman with Chris Pine's Steve Trevor, perhaps her same-sex attraction will be explored in future DCEU entries.
What do you think of Wonder Woman's queer identity? Sound off in the comments below.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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