A petition has been launched to make Wonder Woman bisexual in her new film.
This year’s enormously successful release netted more than $800 million worldwide, as Gal Gadot’s character cemented her place as one of the best superheroes around.
A sequel, also directed by Patty Jenkins, will be out in 2019.
In the midst of Bisexual Awareness Week, fans are clamouring for their hero to be expressly represented in her true form.
Last year, veteran Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed last year that Wonder Woman has “obviously” had relationships with women on the Amazons’ island of Themyscira.
Rucka said: “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,” he told Comicosity.
“Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? The answer is obviously yes.”
Rucka also introduced the character of Kasia, a female lover who stays behind when Diana leaves the women-only paradise of Themyscira to help save the world.
Ahead of the new release – which unlike the first, World War One-themed film, will be set in the US – a campaign has been started to ensure that Wonder Woman’s sexuality is made explicit.
Gianna Collier-Pitts, who was a campus ambassador for GLAAD at New York University, has started a change.org petition that has already picked up more than 400 signatures.
In the petition, which will be delivered to Warner Bros, Gianna writes that the Wonder Woman film was a success for everyone…except the bisexual community.”
She points to Rucka’s comments as proof that Diana is not straight, asking: “Why is it so hard to translate this for the silver screen?”
Gianna continued: “Some of you may be thinking that this specificity doesn’t make a difference but for people like me who rarely see themselves reflected in media, believe me. It does.”
She explained that “representation is power”.
“As I was coming to terms with my bisexuality, I saw few – if any – characters that I could relate to, and those that I did see were almost always portrayed in a negative light.
“We are oversexualized and underrepresented. We are called greedy, dishonest, and confused.”
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She said that bisexual people “are made to feel invisible and in doing so we begin to see ourselves as invisible.
“Making Wonder Woman canonically bisexual on the big screen would make her the first openly LGBTQ superhero of any gender from either DC or Marvel’s cinematic universes, and would solidify her place as a true role model for women of all ages and identities.
“I am tired of grasping at straws in an effort to see myself represented,” she added.
Bisexual people are nearly 80 percent more likely to report feeling anxious than the average person, stats released earlier this year showed.
Bi people are also 40 percent more likely to describe themselves as unhappy.
Around one-third of bisexual people reported high levels of anxiety.
Bisexual young people are also much more likely to have depression than their heterosexual peers.
And a study in 2015 found that bisexual women were more likely to suffer mental health problems and self-harm than lesbians.
They were also found to be more likely to remain in the closet – and more likely to experience discrimination from friends.