Last month, Greg Rucka stunned fans when he took time to talk Wonder Woman and sexuality. The writer has openly addressed the topic in the heroine’s solo Rebirth tie-in and depicted Wonder Woman as a queer character. Rucka’s comments send fans into a frenzy online, and now, actress Gal Gadot is speaking out about the character’s sexuality.
In an interview with Variety, Gadot was asked about Wonder Woman’s bisexual - or even pansexual - orientation. The actress said the issue isn’t really explored in the hero’s film, but Gadot did say Rucka’s stance makes sense.
“It’s not something we’ve explored [in Wonder Woman]. It never came to the table, but when you talk theoretically about all the women on Themyscira and how many years she was there, then what he said makes sense,” she said.
Gadot went on to say, “In this movie she does not experience any bisexual relationships. But it’s not about that. She’s a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.”
In Wonder Woman, the superhero will find herself falling for Steve Trevor, a human love interest whom she meets after leaving Themyscira. The character’s home will also be shown in the film, so fans will get to see how Wonder Woman interacts with her neighbors, but they shouldn’t expect to see the heroine cozy up with any females in particular.
However, comic book readers have seen Wonder Woman flirt with women freely. In Rucka’s run, the character teases fans with countless innuendos about her queer sexuality, and she shares an intimate relationship with a fellow warrior named Kasia. The comics indicate that Themyscira is filled with queer and even polyamorous relationships, and Rucka said those Amazons don’t view their love as something ‘other.’
“An Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, 'You’re gay.' They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist,” Rucka said.
“By our standards where I am standing of 2016, Themyscira is a queer culture. I’m not hedging that. And anyone who wants to prevaricate on that is being silly....For the Amazons, it’s just not a word that’s active in their vocabulary. It’s the same way that Diana has to search for the word 'brother' to describe Steve’s relationship with his fellow sailors.”
For now, fans will have to wait to see Wonder Woman’s queer relationships hit the big screen - but they can expect the hero’s solo film to focus on love. Gadot said the standalone will differ from other DC Extended Universe installments in that way.
"Wonder Woman is different....with this character, what I love about her so much is that her agenda is love. It’s not about fighting, it’s not about who is stronger than whom; it’s not about women versus men. It’s about love, and acceptance of others. She stands for love, justice and compassion."
Wonder Woman will hit theaters on June 2, 2017.