Is Wonder Woman Gay, Bisexual or Straight? What Is DC Canon?
Wonder Woman is the greatest female superheroine character of all time, there is no competition for her, even more than sixty years later. She was always an icon and because of that was under a lot of attention. Diana is a beautiful and strong Amazonian woman so it is not surprising that she had a fair share of relationships in the comics. But that got us thinking and we decided to discuss if Wonder Woman is gay, bisexual or straight, and what is truly a DC canon.
Wonder Woman is bisexual. Over the decades, multiple DC writers, executives, and comic book stories confirmed that Wonder Woman is indeed a bisexual character. Her relationships involved both men and women, and that was not secret even decades ago when censorship was in full force. Even Lynda Carter, an actress that portrayed Wonder Woman in iconic live-action TV series in the 1970s, confirmed multiple times that Diana is indeed a bisexual character.
We will discuss Wonder Woman’s relationships, which relationships were most iconic, and what was confirmed in the DC comic book canon. If you are interested in this topic, stay with us until the end of the article.
Wonder Woman’s Relationships in DC Canon
Let’s talk about Wonder Woman’s relationships in DC Comics. Being one of the oldest superheroines, it is no surprise she had a fair share of partners. One of the most notable and longest relationships Wonder Woman had in the comics, was the one with Steve Trevor, who was Diana’s first love. We saw in the Wonder Woman movie how they met – Steve Trevor was an air force pilot whose plane crashed in Themyscira.
Being the first man and foreigner that she ever met, Diana instantly fell in love with him. In the movies, he dies and then comes back in WW84, however, once again, Diana needed to let him go.
Diana was heartbroken but needed to move on, and other partners came about. Another Trevor, this time Trevor Barnes, a human rights activist and UN employee started dating Diana, and the two of them fell in love with each other. Trevor helped Diana a lot on her missions and they fulfilled each other quite well – maybe being similar to her first love Steve Trevor, who knows?
Trevor men were the only civilians Diana has ever dated in the comics, and other partners included superheroes or powerful individuals. One bizarre potential relationship almost happened with Darkseid’s son Orion, who fantasized about Diana kissing him, but she used that to get close to him and attack him.
The most notable relationships were with the most popular DC superheroes, Batman and Superman. Diana and Bruce Wayne started hinting at their relationship all the way back in the 1960s, and there was even the whole love triangle between Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Batman, but that got squashed pretty fast. They did have a fling in the Justice League comic books but once again, it did not last – Bruce Wayne and Diana are much better at being best friends.
On the other hand, Superman and Diana became a golden couple of DC in the New 52 but crashed and burned pretty fast – sometimes superheroes being together is not meant to be.
Diana was also with Aquaman, however really briefly. Now, we are getting to the female partners of Wonder Woman, and she has quite of them as well.
One of the comic book stories that revolved around Diana’s origin story of how she became Wonder Woman, was where she is infatuated with a fellow Amazonian woman called Alethea. The whole story is quite tragic because while trying to win her over, Diana falls into trouble and Alethea dies trying to save her. That event prompted Diana to become Wonder Woman.
Another Amazonian woman with whom Diana had a “special bond” was Kasia, which stated if Diana leaves Themyscira, it would break her heart. Diana did leave, and their relations were discussed years after that comic book story ended. Now, the next woman that we will mention was in love with Diana but her feelings were never returned. Io, the Amazonian weaponsmith shared a close friendship with Diana, but nothing happened between them at all.
We already can conclude from these relationships that Wonder Woman is fluid in her preferences – she loves both men and women. However, her true sexuality was confirmed multiple times by DC writers and executives, with Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter also sharing their opinion that Diana is nothing but a queer character of the DC universe.
Is Wonder Woman Gay, Bisexual or Straight?
So, what is the true canon of the DC universe? Well, in the recent Tom Taylor comic book storyline Dark Knights of Steel, where our beloved superheroes are set in medieval times, Wonder Woman is seen sparing with Zala-El (technically a stand-in for Supergirl, just changed her name), and when they needed to separate Diana and Zala-El passionately kissed.
This, even more, confirmed that Wonder Woman is in fact, a bisexual individual or better yet, a bi icon. This has been confirmed around 2010 when the writers finally officially acknowledged Diana’s sexuality. Even before the confirmation, most of DC fans knew about that fact and were not surprised when that happened.
In the official DC canon, Diana aka Wonder Woman is a bisexual superheroine. Also, check out the Dark Knights of Steel comic book, it’s really cool.