Ok but where was that in the show. When I'm evaluating BM/WW in the DCAU and SM/WW in the new 52, I'm going off of what was presented in those particular mediums. The fact of the matter is that the attraction Diana felt for Bruce was never explained on the show, it doesn't matter what Bruce Timm said in an interview after the fact because the poll isn't BM/WW in the DCAU and interviews with Bruce Timm, it's just the DCAU.
To be fair, I don't like SM/WW either, I think that it was done for cynical reasons (to sell comics) and it isn't written all that well. That being said, even if it's contrived, it is still a partnership that isn't static, just like a real relationship, which is more than I can say for BM/WW in the DCAU.
Diana's attraction for Bruce grew gradually. The first time was rather obvious; she admired how he tried to save her from under the missile. From there on, it isn't hard to see why she'd be attracted to him. Best part is, it wasn't forced down your throat. It was just there and you could just as well ignore it because it didn't really matter much. SM/WW, however, was sudden and no one saw it coming. And since then, it's been forced onto you.
You're comparing a relationship to something that never happened. BM/WW died down barely a few steps in. SM/WW, on the other hand, has happened quite a few times and has been garbage every time. BM/WW trumps SM/WW based on the fact that there is potential there, because you can predict what could happen, but you don't really know because no one has ever tried it.
@youknowwhattodo: Bruce Timm actually gave an explanation, but I can't be bothered to find it. Plenty of people were able to rationalize it anyway as Diana seeing him as a modern day Odysseus, which was what Timm said as well.
SM/WW at least developed into actual relationship with conflicts that mirror real couples
Wrong. It's grown into more of a contrived mess than when it started out.
Both are bad but I hate the DCAU BM/WW even more. The main reason is that while SM/WW isn't the best relationship, the writers at least tried to justify their romantic interest in each other. Bruce Timm just said "f-it, we'll just have Wonder Woman desperately want Batman's D, we won't tell you why, we won't even let it develop into anything worthwhile, we'll just have her fawn over him like a schoolgirl a few times because that would make Batman look even cooler".
People say Superman is unrelatable because of his powers. Well, Batman is also just as unrelatable as Superman because of his physical and mental capabilities. There are what, 2 people on this entire planet that have the potential to become what Batman is? That's not exactly what I'd call relatable. My point here is that neither Batman is not more relatable than Superman. If you're talking about personalities, then Superman is also more relatable since Clark Kent is a middle class working citizen, who pays taxes, has mortgages, goes to work in a disguise like any other productive member of society, is always morally righteous and etc. Bruce Wayne is a world famous billionaire playboy who everybody respects and adores for his intelligence, wealth, looks, capabilities, can achieve so much more than any ordinary person and so on, so from that point of view, Superman is also more relatable.
Not true. Most people know him to be a dimwitted playboy squandering his wealth. The latter part of the statement holds true for Superman as well.
Clark does have a relatively normal life, but that image is really fragile because you realize he doesn't really need to do all that he does, unlike us. He could lose his job, his apartment and all his savings and all he'd need to do is auction off some kryptonian relic and make millions. Hell, he doesn't even need money. He only acts human because he grew up as one. Bruce is, despite everything, still human.
It's pretty interesting, though, because the alien wants to be as human as he can while the human wouldn't mind being less of one and becoming something completely independent.