Comic book writer says Wonder Woman is 'queer'

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DC Comic writer Greg Rucka says Wonder Woman "must be queer" and has had relationships with other women.

In an interview with Comicosity he defined queer as "involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender".

In the comic books, Wonder Woman is known as Diana, a warrior princess of the Amazons.

She lives in an all-female society on an island called Themyscira.

When she leaves her homeland for New York she falls in love with a man called Steve Trevor.

Former Wonder Woman writer, Gail Simone, isn't surprised by the revelation that she has had relationships with women.

In the interview Greg Rucka says it's pretty obvious.

"I think it's more complicated though.

"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.

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Greg Rucka says Themyscira is an "inclusive and accepting society" - one where the inhabitants are free to express their sexuality and not be judged.

"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."

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"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.

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"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.

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"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."

The news was welcomed by many fans.

But not everyone was happy - or even believed - the announcement.

A film based entirely on Wonder Woman's story, directed by Patty Jenkins, is out on 2 June 2017.

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