‘Wonder Woman’ Poster Seems To Nod At Superhero Being Gay, Bisexual Or Queer
By Mikelle Leow, 10 Jun 2019
Image via Wonder Woman Film
The first Wonder Woman 1984 teaser poster has been released, leaving the LGBTQ+ community with a kaleidoscope of emotions. Weirdly enough, it’s also spurring critique that it is too “colorful” and unfitting for a white male audience.
Both director Patty Jenkins and lead actress Gal Gadot recently shared the vibrant graphic of ‘Diana Prince’ standing confidently against a multicolored metallic backdrop forming several ‘W’s. Here, the superhero is dressed in what looks like the ‘Gold Armor’ from the comics, which gives her the ability to fly.
Queer Twitter users are applauding the aesthetic, as it appears to hint at ‘Wonder Woman’ being part of the LGBTQ+ community. The rainbow sheens in the background feature bisexual pride hues pink, purple and blue. Furthermore, the film is set for release in Pride Month next year.
bisexual lighting, rainbow colors, *and* they dropped this during pride month? Wonder Woman is queer, canon confirmed, Patty Jenkins said gay rights. https://t.co/DB9GrNitRV— ali andresini (@aliandresini) June 6, 2019
True enough, ‘Wonder Woman’ is bisexual, as confirmed by Greg Rucka, who wrote the Wonder Woman comics until 2006.
In an exclusive interview with Comicosity in 2016, he shared that in the ‘Amazons’, the only options for love are women, and as such, the idea of identifying as gay “doesn’t exist.”
“I think it’s more complicated…” Rucka said. “Now, are we saying ‘Diana’ has been in love and had relationships with other women?... The answer is obviously yes.”
It’s certainly not brand new information, but a queer ‘Diana Price’ being reinforced in the poster has been widely lauded, especially since the teaser was released during Pride Month as well. The real question is, is she coming out as queer in this movie?
Wonder Woman is queer confirmed. https://t.co/7lwqjjx4Cy— Nolan Dean 🌈 (he/him) (@nolandean27) June 5, 2019
For me it’s the Pride colours and this being released during Pride Month, esp with Wonder Woman confirmed as bisexual. That’s kind of empowering to a queer dude. It’s also a simple minimalistic design as opposed to a lot of superhero movie posters that look like bad Photoshops.— Nolan Dean 🌈 (he/him) (@nolandean27) June 6, 2019
On the other end of the spectrum, the artwork has had its detractors for not appearing as grim as DC’s typical aesthetics. A comment by an unappeased Twitter user has amassed nearly 13,000 retweets for griping that the poster has too much “Sephora s**t,” in that it is too colorful and metallic for his liking. “Who’s the target audience?” the user groused.
A user argues that the question is “such a hilariously straight white dude way to say, ‘Wait, am I not the target audience?’”
Others have joked that Sephora’s color scheme is black and white, so the supposed “fan” appears to be contradicting himself. “Imagine hating fun and color that much,” one chimes in.
Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled for release on 5 June 2020.
"who is the target audience??"is such a hilariously straight white dude way to say "wait am *I* not the target audience???" pic.twitter.com/StQqwXtvHq— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) June 6, 2019
Imagine preferring the aesthetic in the photo on the left— DJ Brian Emo🏴💀🏴 (@Max_Damage01) June 6, 2019
Also Sephora is black and white pic.twitter.com/mEQIRXyT6d— Erica Henderson (@EricaFails) June 6, 2019
imagine hating fun and colour that much— lexi (@leximable) June 6, 2019
[via Cosmopolitan UK and Comicbook.com, images via various sources]
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