By RazzaTazz 53 Comments
For my own sanity I have been avoiding the Wonder Woman-Superman romance as much as I can, but this week after being exposed to a picture of Lois Lane dressed as Wonder Woman in Superman 19 I decided to investigate and despite my inner voice telling me not to, I did anyway. It was an interesting dream sequence or whatever it was, though not necessarily interesting in a good way. A while back I wrote about how some of the roots of the fascination with people thinking that these two should date came from the Lois Lane comics from the 1960s where lacking any other real person to challenge Superman's heart and with the need for a romance style comic, that Wonder Woman often enough stepped into the role of companion for Superman.
I have already gone into a bunch of reasons previously about why I think this pairing is a horrible idea, but here is another one. It makes Lois a weaker character and it makes Superman a weaker character (at least based on this comic.) Lois shows up to the door to meet Diana (and by the way, they know that Diana is Wonder Woman, so how do they not figure out that Clark Kent is Superman?) and she stares at her like she is some kind of unattainable dream girl. Consider that Lois has in her existence been depicted as a very attractive woman, and technically longer than Wonder Woman. It does not really fit her character that she would be blown away by the looks of another woman. Maybe Wonder Woman is the most attractive woman in the DC Universe, but Lois is also attractive, so it is like if Jessica Alba met Adriana Lima. They could probably both recognize that each other is pretty without feeling very insecure about their own appearance.
So this goes to how Superman is depicted. Without his supporting character being portrayed in a realistic way, they are just props for whatever he does (and the fact that Wonder Woman is such a prop is also disheartening.) So when he sees Lois dressed like Wonder Woman what does that mean? Well that he finds Wonder Woman's costume to be very appealing and presumably one of the reasons why he likes her, which does himself, Wonder Woman and Lois a disservice. Diana's depiction throughout is vapid and emotionless until she randomly asks Clark to kiss her. The entire concept of the romance fails miserably. The one thing that people told me before the romance happened was "give it a chance, it might surprise you!" I gave it a chance, it did not surprise me, and at this point every Superman fan, Wonder Woman fan and Lois fan should really be asking for a reversal of this ridiculous premise.