Wonder Woman Writer Reveals Diana’s More Complicated Relationships in Themyscira

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Batman: Bad Blood treated viewers to another little secret about Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman when she walks into a lesbian bar.

Now, we get to see a similar, albeit more complicated, reveal for Wonder Woman from her writer, Greg Rucka. The author of Wonder Woman DC Universe Rebirth spoke with Comicosity and confirmed what many have theorized given Diana's beginnings as a resident of Themyscira.

When asked if Diana is queer—explicitly defined here as being involved though not exclusively romantically or having a sexual interest towards a person of the same gender—Rucka answered a resounding, "Yes." But he is quick to explain what gives this a layer deeper than how "queer" or "lesbian" is defined.

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"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!' 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 does point out that, in Themyscira, there's no concept of gay or straight, which makes sense. Considering that society there is purely of women, there is no context of gay being different in the same sense as it would in the Earth world. How he explains it is that there is no concept of being gay, as they don't see it as a different way of having relationships, at least in Themyscira.

It also adds some depth to Wonder Woman's own character. Rucka explained that having Diana be in love with the women in her home shows that she doesn't just leave Themyscira for her male love interest, Steve Trevor.

She leaves because she wants to explore the world and become the gift to the world. Wonder Woman doesn't just become a love sick girl who'll trade paradise for romance that she couldn't find in her own home.

This is an admirable step, and the explanation of her departure from Themyscira does give Wonder Woman a richer theme as a character.

That's something to look at once the solo movie Wonder Woman debuts in theaters on June 2, 2017.

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