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Wonder Woman is queer and has a girlfriend in game-changing new DC Comics series

Maggie Baska December 9, 2021
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Wonder Woman kisses princess Zala-El in DC's new medieval, fantasy limited series "Dark Knights of Steel"

Wonder Woman and Princess Zala are revealed to be in a same-sex relationship in DC's new medieval, fantasy series "Dark Knights of Steel". (DC/Dark Knights of Steel #2)

Wonder Woman shares a beautiful kiss with her girlfriend, Superman’s sister, in the new comic series Dark Knights of Steel.

The DC Comics limited series is set in a fantastical universe that vaguely resembles medieval times.

Dark Knights of Steel #2 begins with Lois Lane arriving by ship on Themyscira, the island home of the Amazons, to deliver bad news to Wonder Woman and princess Zala of the House El – the daughter of Jor-El and sister of Kal-El, aka Superman.

She encounters Wonder Woman and Zala in the middle of a fierce training session on the battlefield. Sadly, she reveals to Zala that her father has been murdered, and the princess immediately is consumed by her grief.

Wonder Woman comforts Zala, saying she will always be there to help her in any way she can. Then, Wonder Woman pulls Zala into a close embrace, and the pair share a heartbreaking yet beautiful kiss before Zala flies off.

Wonder Woman shares a kiss with Zala in DC Comics' Dark Knights of Steel #2
(DC Comics/Dark Knights of Steel #2)

Unfortunately, their relationship isn’t explored any further in the issue, but GamesRadar hinted that Zala’s relationship with WonderWoman and her brother may be explored later in the series.

However, the outlet said, it may not be an “idyllic” romance – as Zala murders Black Lightning’s son by dropping him out of the sky in retaliation for her father’s death.

The comic is written by Tom Taylor, Yasmine Putri, Arif Prianto and Wes Abbott.

Wonder Woman has been predominantly romantically linked with Steve Trevor, a pilot who crashed on the Amazon’s home of Themyscira. However, in 2016, Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka said that the superhero is queer.

Rucka, who worked on Wonder Woman for DC Comics throughout the 2000s, told Comicosity that the Amazonian warrior had “obviously” been “in relationships and had relationships with other women”.

He described Themyscira as a “paradise” where “you’re supposed to be able to live happily”. As such, he explained Amazons would be able to have a “fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship” with other women on the island.

Wonder Woman’s new queer romance comes as DC Comics has made a concerted effort to expand its pantheon of LGBT+ heroes.

In August, Batman’s sidekick Tim Drake, aka Robin, came out as bisexual and scored a date in Batman: Urban Legends #6. Drake confronts his feelings for his old friend, Bernard, mid-battle and eventually agrees to a date with the other man to “figure” out their relationship.

Just a few months later, Jon Kent, the son of Clark Kent and the new Superman of Earth, also came out as bisexual.

After his father leaves Earth, Jon picks up his father’s superhero duties but sadly starts to burn out. He strikes up a close friendship which blossoms into a beautiful romantic relationship with reporter Jay Nakamura in Superman: Son of Kal-El #5.

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