It looks like two of DC Comics’ leading heroes are now becoming Super Friends with benefits.
Entertainment Weekly posted an exclusive preview of Justice League #12 this morning, and it reveals that Superman and Wonder Woman are going to be in a long term relationship. This isn’t some alternate reality, this is the real deal, part of the DC Comics’ “New 52” universe where the publisher rebooted all of its titles and refreshed the look and origins of every hero. The issue goes on sale August 29.
“Writer Geoff Johns hints that some event — possibly tragic — will impact every member of the Justice League, and cause Superman and Wonder Woman to seek solace in each other and move from super-powered colleagues to power couple,” the article reports. It also states that this isn’t a fleeting plot. “‘This is the new status quo,’ says Johns, adding that the relationship will have a seismic impact on all the heroes and villains in the DC universe.”
It makes sense when you think about it. One of the hottest, most powerful men on the planet is naturally going to be attracted to one of the hottest, most powerful women on the planet. Add in that they’re both strangers in a strange land, part of humanity and yet separated from it due to their births, and it just seems like a natural outcome. Indeed, the only thing stopping this from happening in the past seems to have been the characters’ long history.
The creative team is hoping this will raise some controversy, as fans have a hard time picturing these two without their classic human love interests Lois Lane and Steve Trevor. It is interesting to note that in the New 52 reboot Trevor was finally introduced as Wonder Woman’s love interest once again; in the 1980s Wonder Woman reboot he was presented as an older man and a friend to Diana, not a love interest. Now he’s been a U.S. government liaison to the Justice League, yet conspicuously absent from the Wonder Woman comic book. Could he be related to the “possibly tragic” event that brings the two together?
We’ll have to wait a week to find out. Visit Entertainment Weekly for the full story.