Comic book fans are still buzzing over last week's groundbreaking news about the sexuality of one of their most beloved superheroes.
In an interview with Comicosity, DC Comics writer Greg Rucka revealed that Wonder Woman is bisexual — something that some fans have realized all along.
"Are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola [Scott, Wonder Woman artist] and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes," Rucka told Comicosity.
Rucka added that the Amazons, the fictional society where Wonder Woman originated from, would never judge another Amazon based on their sexuality.
"The society accepts everyone in it," Rucka said. "The requirement is, you're here and you're female."
Many people on social media applauded the decision to confirm Wonder Woman's sexuality and to be more inclusive in comic books.
Wonder Woman would not be the first gay superhero in comic book history (Northstar was the first openly gay character, coming out in 1992). But it is very significant to have one of the most iconic superheroes as a member of the LGBT community.
Based on the interview with Rucka, it does not appear that there is going to be any type of recognition in the comics about Wonder Woman's sexuality. And if DC does decide to recognize Wonder Woman's sexuality in the comic books, it is not known if it would recruit an LGBT comic book writer to tell her stories.
Despite the incredibly positive news of Wonder Woman being bisexual, there are some concerns within the comic book community. DC Comics was already criticized for sexualizing Wonder Woman in the past, but hopefully, it won't continue with sexualizing that character in the future. Another issue for the comic book writers to explore is the unique society that Wonder Woman grew up in and the influence it had on her relationships.
Some fans on Twitter criticized the decision to reveal her sexuality, which prompted popular Wonder Woman writer Gail Simone to issue a perfect response.
With the upcoming Wonder Woman film going to be released in 2017, some fans are speculating the possibility that her queer identity will be celebrated on the big screen, although it is unlikely because the film has already been shot. However, it wouldn't be the first time that sexual orientation was on display in a superhero movie — with Deadpool being the first unofficial pansexual superhero in his 2016 film. Also, there were previous requests from the public to give Captain America a boyfriend in his next film, though those requests have not yet received a response from Marvel Studios.
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