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‘Wonder Woman said gay rights’ Fans think superhero is coming out as queer

Reiss Smith June 7, 2019
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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in a gold suit in front of a multicoloured backdrop

The Wonder Woman 1984 poster. (DC Films)

Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins has shared a colourful first look the upcoming DC sequel, leading some fans to believe that the superhero is about to come out.

The new poster pictures Wonder Woman standing  in front of a rainbow-hued backdrop, teasing the film’s release in Pride month, June 2020.

Fans were quick to connect the dots between the visual and the date, with Connor Behrens tweeting: “Happy Pride month, Wonder Woman said gay rights.”

Some noted how actor Gal Gadot is lit with blue and pink neons—a stylistic choice often used to denote queer characters, commonly referred to as bisexual lighting.

Wonder Woman ina . gold suit
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (DC Films)

“Bisexual lighting, rainbow colours, and they dropped this during pride month? Wonder Woman is queer, canon confirmed, Patty Jenkins said gay rights,” said Ali Andresini.

One fan, Carol Ferris, speculated that the film could follow “Wonder Woman supporting the gays during the AIDS epidemic in the 80s.”

Wonder Women confirmed as queer

In the DC Comics canon, Wonder Woman—real name Diana Riggs—is an Amazon from the women-only state of Themyscira.

As comic writer Greg Rucka explained in 2016, this leads Riggs and other Amazons to enter into same-sex relationships.

“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?’ he told Comicosity.

“It makes no logical sense otherwise.

“It makes no logical sense otherwise.”

—Greg Rucka

“Are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? The answer is obviously yes.

“But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, ‘you’re gay.’ They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.”

Gal Gadot says Wonder Woman could fall in love with a woman

The first Wonder Woman film, released in 2017, saw Riggs (Gadot) fall in love with a man named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).

Gadot has said that her performance wasn’t influenced by Rucka’s interpretation of the character, but didn’t rule anything out.

“In the movie, she falls in love with a man,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“But to be honest, Wonder Woman is all about love. She doesn’t pay too much attention to gender, and that is what is so special about her.

“She sees people as equal. Because of that, she can fall in love with a woman. It is not something we explored but maybe in the future, who knows?”

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