Superman and Wonder Woman as Lovers Devalues Both
By Andy Frisk
August 22, 2012 - 17:28
So, why, pray tell, is the Superman/Wonder Woman romance just so wrong? First off it's TOO obvious, and too obviously directed at attracting short term sales numbers. Many, many people who don't care about decent storytelling, or the characters of Superman and Wonder Woman in the first place, will be attracted to this storyline (more like the single issue that introduces the romance: Justice League #12). I have plenty of friends who don't read comics and don't really care about superheroes in general (yes, I DO have friends like this) who have jokingly remarked to me that they "thought Wonder Woman and Superman were always doin' it on the side anyway." The point being that they said this JOKINGLY. Some of these friends might end up buying Justice League #12 just to see what the deal (really) is (now). Is this the type of short term sales boost that sustains a company long term? No, but in the world of the "next quarter is God" business model that we've constructed, Superman does Wonder Woman will bring a short sales boost to this quarter.
Third, this is not to say that putting Wonder Woman in a relationship is wrong or damaging to her status as a strong and independent woman. Who Wonder Woman chooses to be with would be her choice if she were a real life woman as opposed to a fictional character, but she isn't a real life woman just as Superman isn't a real life man. Therefore, by putting them together fictionally DC Comics is devaluing them as characters. The whole point of Wonder Woman and Superman, as Diana and Clark Kent, falling in love with characters, Lois Lane and Steve Trevor, that are mortal and not super powered, but are incredibly strong spirited, moral, and upstanding characters is to add a depth to both Superman and Wonder Woman that is unmatchable on any other level. Clark and Diana being with Lois and Trevor is packed with much more storytelling potential and emotional depth than Clark and Diana being with each other.
Okay, bring on the counterpoints. I really want to hear this debated out. I want to be excited about this story (beyond the fact that its sales will help my previously favorite comic book publisher). Please, convince me otherwise DC Comics. Don't just tell me to "wait and see" how go its going to be. Give me some reasons. I'm listening...
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