Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince, has always seemed to be pretty queer. Sure, she’s typically been portrayed as romancing Steve Trevor, a pilot who crashed on the Amazon’s home of Themyscira, but one look at that island and all its fierce female warriors, and we all know the score.
Wonder Woman’s queerness was confirmed in 2016 by Greg Rucka, who worked on the Wonder Woman comics for DC during the 2000s, and who in an interview with Comicosity said she’d “obviously” been “in relationships and had relationships with other women,” adding that, “[Themyscira’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.”
Now in the new comic series Dark Knights of Steel, Wonder Woman’s assumed queerness is finally on the page. Written by Tom Taylor, Yasmine Putri, Arif Prianto, and Wes Abbott, this new story reimagines DC superheroes as medieval warriors. Wonder Woman makes her first appearance in the second issue of the series, which sees Lois Lane arriving on the Amazonian island to inform Princess Zala-El — Superman’s sister — of her father’s death. Wonder Woman rushes to Zala-El’s side to comfort her and, in the process, pulls her into her arms and passionately kisses her, telling her that she’ll always be there for her before Zala flies off to avenge her father.
While it remains to be seen if their relationship will be explored further in the comics, it’s still the fulfillment of many a queer Wonder Woman fan’s wishes. It’s also the latest in a series of exciting new LGBTQ+ inclusions in DC Comics. This year saw both Robin (aka Batman’s sidekick Tim Drake) and Jon Kent, son of Superman (who’d recently taken up that mantle in his father absence) come out as bisexual in Batman: Urban Legends #6 and Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, respectively. In other words, there’s never been a better time to be a queer DC Comics lover.
Dark Knights of Steel issues #1-2 are available now online and in comic shops and #3 is out January 4.