By RazzaTazz 28 Comments
Sorry for the second straight blog about the Superman-Wonder Woman romance, but this is clearly something which is bothering me. One of my main problems with the idea of a romance between the two is maybe not as obvious. I am not sure why male fans of Wonder Woman read her stories, though it is probably for the same reason as I do. They like the concept that she is a strong warrior that would rather use peaceful ways to resolve problems. For me a particular aspect of this as a female reader though is the Wonder Woman is a female character and thus it is easier to relate to her for vicarious reading. Obviously there are thing that she can do that no human ever will, but in a very different sense there is something that she cannot do that most women can, and that is to find a boyfriend. Granted in the golden age she had Steve Trevor around almost all the time, but in terms of Steve Trevor's role, he subjugated Diana into the housewife role more than anything (she would often proclaim how much she wanted to marry him so that she could be a good wife to him and to take car of him, and often in a somewhat traditional way.) So I don't count that as the something which really would satisfy Wonder Woman's desire for romance. This leaves a gaping hole in the character's history - that she never really has had a great romance to define her, nor does she really have a Lois/Selina/Carol/Carol/Iris type of supporting character nor has she ever (unless you count Steve which evidently I don't). I think writers in the past have been aware of this as well for instance this ad from the 1960s that I ran across recently:
This was in relation to the launch of the mod girl years for Diana, where romance was promised. However, there was not really a lot of romance - she followed some guy around Hong Kong and China for a couple of issues, there was a guy that lived near her fashion boutique that intervened and saved her from something or other (she was depowered at the time) and then Johnny Double showed up as a kind of unconventional love interest. The mod girl years didn't last long, but for the next 120 issues or so the character either went between no love interest, or an attempt to resurrect Steve. Only towards the end of her first series was there anything more as another officer made it into a brief love triangle. The second and third series also had a lot less of anything to offer, the highlight of volume 2 being Trevor Barnes, a guy that initially didn't want to date and then died before anything else happened. the third series had Nemesis but that petered out when he found out that she wanted him only to have a child.
In short there has never been a time in the history of the character that the reader can associate with the statement "that is the time that Wonder Woman fell in love." As a female reader I am not as opposed to romance in a comic book about superheroes as much as some might be, so maybe it is time for Wonder Woman's great romance? (which would almost certainly not be Superman)