DC Comics released the second issue of the Dark Knights of Steel series and in the book, Wonder Woman shares a kiss with girlfriend Zala-El. Many fans are wondering if this makes the DC superhero gay and if a queer storyline fits with her character.
The first two issues of Dark Knights of Steel are in stores now and the comic is set in an alternate universe, placing DC characters in medieval times. In the second issue, Wonder Woman (also named Diana) goes to the island of Themyscira and tells Zala-El, Superman’s sister and princess of the House of El, that her father was murdered.
Zala-El becomes upset at the news of her father’s death, and Diana comforts her with a kiss. Her girlfriend is considered a new character in the DC Comics universe. In the first issue of the series, they were seen together fighting on the battlefield. Fans believe that the new character will play a key role in the future of the series.
Wonder Woman’s sexuality is not a new phenomenon. In 2016, writer Greg Rucka confirmed that the Amazon woman was bisexual. He said, “Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes.” Despite her history, the recent kiss is the first moment of LGBTQ representation for the character on the comic book page.
Rucka said that because the DC superhero grew up on the island of Themyscira, which is solely populated by women, a gay relationship is bound to happen.
In an interview with Comicosity, Rucka said, “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 he also argued that the Amazons’ concept of sexuality is not the same as our idea of being gay. They don’t look at someone and label them gay like we do. Rucka said that they don’t have the word “queer” in their vocabulary, like how Wonder Woman became confused by the word “brother” when describing Steve Trevor’s relationship with his military buddies.
While a bisexual Diana Prince is not something that is new for DC Comics, fans were still confused about the Dark Knights of Steel kiss. Some were excited about the LGBTQ representation, mostly because they thought Zala-El was actually Kara, aka Supergirl. Others were upset with the Wonder Woman kiss and shared their anger on Twitter.
One person on Twitter wrote: “Awwww, geez. First they make Superman’s son bi, then Wonder Woman gay, now they insert a transgender into West Side Story. Can’t you liberals just leave great art alone? Why do you have to put a mustache on the Mona Lisa?”
Other fans were quick to defend the decision and pointed out that Themyscira is only populated by women. One person wrote, “lol some dopey idiot is angry that they are making a comic where the amazons… are gay. it’s a island full of women… how the hell did it not end up being gay as hell?”
Another fan kept it short and simple, writing, “Wonder Woman’s been bi for decades.”
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