This year marks Wonder Woman’s 75th birthday, and the writers at DC Comics continue to surprise fans.
In a Comicosity interview, Greg Rucka confirms Wonder Woman has had relationships with other women in the past. When asked if Diana is gay, he responds as follows: “How are we defining “queer?” You’re applying a term specifically and talking to an ostensibly cis male (and white to boot), so “queer” to me may not be the same as it is to an out gay man. So, tell me what queer is.”
Rucka remains steadfast on the content of his series. “I believe very firmly that the answer should be in the text. It really shouldn’t matter what I say to you,” he says. “It only matters what you can read in the published work. What you can find in the text.”
He goes on to elaborate on Themyscira, saying “But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.”
“My personal politics are absolutely always going to influence how I write what I write. But at the end of the day, what I believe doesn’t matter. What matters is what you leave the book with.”
Rucka makes his feelings clear on the writing. “It doesn’t matter if I say, “Yes, she’s queer.” Or “No, she’s not queer”, he says. “It matters what you get out of the book. Can you find it? Is it there? Is it on the page in action or in deed? Then, there’s your answer.”
According to Rucka, the idea of Diana leaving home for Steve Trevor would take away from her character. He says that “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.”