Wonder Woman, the demigoddess daughter of an Amazonian queen and the Greek God Zeus, has had a long and storied love affair with Colonel Steve Trevor, the man she has loved since he washed ashore on Paradise Island sometime in the 1940s. And for most of that time, it’s been assumed that he was her first love. Not so fast, though, says current series writer Greg Rucka.
As part of her series relaunch, and with a storyline that goes back and forth between her past and present, we learn that Diana had multiple relationships with women on the island before leaving for America with Steve. Well, OF COURSE she did. There’s no way that place wasn’t a hotbed of Sapphic intrigue.
Earlier in the issue, it’s hinted that she had a relationship with fellow Amazon Kasia…
In an interview on Comicosity (via Jezebel), Rucka talks about the queer narrative for Wonder Woman, saying that the version he’s crafting is one that’s been with women in a place that had no label for such a thing:
…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.
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.
And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take 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.