Everyone who knows the history of Wonder Woman knows that she comes from Themyscira. On the island of Themyscira, the Amazons reside. The residents on this island are all woman who has thrived apart from the male-dominated world. Comic fans have long thought that Wonder Woman and the Amazons would logically be lesbian due to the fact that there were no men in Themyscira. However, given that Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) has had relationships with men such as Steve Trevor, Trevor Barnes, Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Kal-El (Superman), and many others, her sexuality has always remained ambiguous.
Recently Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed Wonder Woman’s sexuality canonically. When asked if Diana Prince was flat out queer, Ruka finally gave an answer. After first confirming that “queer” is defined as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest towards persons of the same gender,” and confirmed that Diana Prince is in fact queer.
I think it’s more complicated though. 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.
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.”
Buka also talks about what he calls the “Northstar Problem” where a character screams to the heavens proclaiming their sexuality. This is in reference to Marvel comics character Northstar who was one of the first openly gay comic character and also the first same-sex marriage in mainstream comics.
“For my purposes, that’s bad writing. 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.”
Buka doesn’t want Wonder Woman or any of the Amazonians sexuality to detract from the storyline that they are telling. The purpose is to show, not tell.
At the end of the day, she’s not a superhero because she’s queer or bisexual, she’s a hero because she’s Wonder Woman. And that’s what should be the important part about her character.
Meredith Finch isn’t yet one of the most well-known name in comics, but she’s shown she at least has good taste in comic artists, she even married one. The wife of David Finch hasn’t been working as long in the industry as her husband, but she’s already established herself as an author that can take on comics’ biggest names with the skill and ease of a seasoned pro. Coming up, she’s got Catwoman: Election Night, but during a press availability at Fan Expo Canada we asked Finch about her tenure with husband/artist David on Wonder Woman. What was it like to work on a book with her husband, to work on such an iconic character like Wonder Woman, and whether it takes a woman to write a female superhero. (more…)
There’s been a flurry of Internet angst over the critical reviews of David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad. The embargo on review postings lifted and the early news from critics was not good. Currently Suicide Squad has a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and some fans even started and then removed a petition which received over 15,000 signatures to remove Rotten Tomatoes from the internet of all things. It’s been a whirlwind of on social media and forum comments, often turning quite nasty very quickly. Director Patty Jenkins took a break from editing Wonder Woman to check out Warner Bros. and DC‘s latest superhero flick and came away confused. Confused at why those critics panned the film the way they did. (more…)
One of the most anticipated movies movies of next is the first ever Wonder Woman feature film, which will star Gal Godot as the titular character. A mythical Grecian warrior hailing from the mystical, all female isle of Themyscira, the film will see the super-heroine enter the world at large when a man, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) washes up on the shore—but Trevor’s world is one at the brink of war, and when Themyscira needs an emissary to represent themselves in the conflict, Princess Diana, daughter of Zeus, Wonder Woman herself, will take up the role. (more…)
This isn’t the hugest possible breaking news from San Diego Comic Con, but if you’re one of a legion of people that didn’t like the doom and gloom of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice this may be the correction you’re looking for. A new poster released for Wonder Woman shows the Amazonian Princess in her best light, quite literally. In another poster, you will enjoy the thought of a recent, beloved variation of the Dark Knight who is also getting his own movie next year, albeit one set in the world of LEGO. Yup. the other new poster has unmasked The LEGO Batman Movie. (more…)
Entertainment Weekly has some new production stills from Patty Jenkin‘s Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. Wonder Woman is a period piece, set in World War I with all the costuming that entails. These latest stills give a look into those costumes and Wonder Woman’s battle armor. (more…)
Warner Bros. is hoping to make big waves at this years SDCC. Saturday the 23rd at 11:30 Warner Bros. will take over Hall H when master of ceremonies Conan O’Brien (Conan) starts things off with cast members and potential first looks at Suicide Squad, The LEGO Batman Movie, Kong: Skull Island, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Wonder Woman. Everything was outlined in Warner Bros. latest SDCC16 press release and while it may be a tad bit too soon (crossing your fingers might help) for a full-blown Wonder Woman trailer, a clip or teaser from director Patty Jenkins seems just about right. She’ll be on stage with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine for the Wonder Woman part of the Hall H Warner Bros. Panel. Included in the press release was the first official synopsis for Wonder Woman. (more…)
If by some chance you didn’t make it to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week, and there’s probably a few of you who didn’t, characters for the upcoming television series ‘Justice League Action’ were revealed at Kre8tif!. The annual conference which focuses on the world of animation, VFX, and licensing/marketing, gave fans the first look at the upcoming DC Comics series scheduled to air this fall. (more…)
Now that protests have finally died down, now that our customary 3 week spoiler silence ended, now that Jeremy finally had 5 minutes to toss the whole random grab bag of a podcast together, we are now ready to share the 90 minute conversation on the 151 minute big screen edition of the 75 year build up to the battle between the world’s greatest 4 color titans (that lasts about 8 minutes.)
MILD SPOILER ALERT: Jeremy, Jason, and Matt talk in depth(ish) about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so this will spoil it for you if you are one of the few who have yet to take in billion dollar (let’s call it) divisive blockbuster that no one can seem to agree upon. Is it the greatest movie ever? The worst? Is it fever dream of a mad space-god-turtle? The guys are not here to convince you of any of that. What you will hear is a little exploration in the highs, the lows, and expansive middles the movie had to offer. (more…)
There are some new on location pictures of the currently shooting Wonder Woman movie directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster). The pictures were taken at an undisclosed beach location in Italy last Thursday and give a look at the first meeting on Themyscira, better known as Paradise Island, between pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and the Amazonian Princess Diana (Gal Gadot). Along with these are a couple featuring the horse riding Amazonians attacking a group of German soldiers. (more…)