In the latest Wonder Woman comic (released in digital format on August 20), the feminist icon becomes the first DC hero to officiate a marriage between characters of the same gender.
After performing the ceremony, Wonder Woman schools Clark Kent on his provincial view of marriage. “I … didn’t know you’re a proponent of gay marriage?” Superman stammers. “Clark, my country is all women,” she retorts. “To us, it’s not ‘gay’ marriage, it’s just marriage.”
This scene marks an important moment in the world of DC comics. Just two years ago, in 2013, the writers of DC’s Batwoman—the brand’s first openly gay mainstream hero—resigned after DC refused to allow them to show Batwoman’s marriage to the Gotham cop Maggie Sawyer.
Regarding Wonder Woman, “I was a little hesitant, but I had two things,” the comic’s Australian author and illustrator Jason Badower says. “My story was pitched after the Supreme Court decision, and the other thing is that my story has Wonder Woman officiating rather than getting married.”
Like Catholic priests, heroes are generally prevented from getting married by their duties. The proverbial ball and chain, Badower explains, is “a death sentence” for a hero’s plotline. For example, if Clark Kent marries Lois Lane (which he did, in 1996), he can’t date or be romantically involved with Wonder Woman. (“It’s not like superheroes to get a divorce,” Badower notes.)