After one of the writers behind the “Wonder Woman” comic is confirmed that Diana Prince is queer last month, “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot is weighing in on how her sexuality will play into the upcoming superhero film.
The concept of Diana’s sexual orientation isn’t a new one with “Wonder Woman: Earth One” and “Wonder Woman: Year One” origin storylines both strongly implying Diana had sexual and romantic relationships with other Amazon women on the island paradise of Themyscira. The original 1940s “Wonder Woman” comics written by creator William Moulton Marsten were rife with scenes of lesbian erotica.
“Wonder Woman: Year One” writer Greg Rucka gave a thoughtful response when asked to confirm Diana’s sexual identify by Comicosity, defining the term “queer” as romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender, though not necessarily exclusively.
“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 … 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,” he explains.
“Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola [Scott, Rucka’s co-writer] 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 … 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.”
While Rucka’s take on Diana’s sexuality an identity as a queer women seems to be at odds with the upcoming big screen “Wonder Woman” movie which sets up a romance between Gal Gadot’s Diana and Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor, Rucka says DC has never given any push-back on the matter.
“I really don’t like the idea that there are people out there who might think DC is being mealy-mouthed about this. They’re not,” he says.
“No one wants to be taken out of context by ignorant people, but nobody at DC has ever said, ‘She’s gotta be straight.’ Nobody. Ever. They’ve never blinked at this … They would, I think, like any business, prefer this not be an issue to anybody. But most of us human beings would also really rather this not be an issue for anybody anymore.”
“It is what it is. This is how the Amazons live,” he adds.
Now, Gadot is weighing in on Wonder Woman’s sexuality and if it will play out in the standalone film.
“It’s not something we’ve explored [in the film],” she says of Diana’s sexual orientation. “It never came to the table, but when you talk theoretically about all the women on Themyscira and how many years she was there, then what he said makes sense.”
“In this movie she does not experience any bisexual relationships. But it’s not about that,” Gadot explains to ComicBookMovie.com. “She’s a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.”