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The Unnecessary Drama of Superman and Wonder Woman

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supermanwonderwoman This is not an article on whether Superman and Wonder Woman should be together, but a review of the unnecessary and purposefully created drama between the two characters for their spinoff romance series. Namely, Diana’s dislike of Clark’s insistence that their relationship be kept a secret.

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A relationship like this probably won’t last, especially after Didio’s recent statement about superheroes and personal happiness, namely in their love lives. But it is a relationship worth exploring because of who they are and the lives they lead. They both have passion and shared ideals, and everyone gets lonely every now and then.

… but for god’s sake, does it have to open up with Diana being annoyed that Clark doesn’t want to out their relationship? Does it have to make Diana seem clingy and petulant because her paramour feels the need to protect her?

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Maybe it’s just an old habit of Clark’s. Being Superman means being careful in order to protect the ones you love, but this is not a unique condition to being a superhero. Diana is able to live her life more publicly because those she loves are either her equals or not in the public eye to begin with (Zola withstanding, as she has more supernatural problems than just people finding out she’s hanging with Wonder Woman). Clark’s desire to keep his relationship with Diana secret, even from their fellow Justice Leaguers, feels like an unnecessary ploy to draw out their series so that it can eventually end in a grand finale of a breakup because “things aren’t working out.”

Perhaps my favorite take on this relationship is from an article last year by Tony Guerrero in response to Justice League #12. “Superman will someday end up with Lois. Wonder Woman definitely doesn’t need a man in her life to define her character.” Superman and Wonder Woman are a temporary thing, and they are fully fleshed characters with or without each other. Seeing them together is an exciting change from the almost repetitive nature of DC’s stories.

But why did they have to start it like this?

 

Purple-haired Pepper Potts.

3 Comments

  1. Kelly

    October 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I didn’t even THINK about SM/WW in relation to Didio’s recent relationship/marriage statement. Wow, this book feels even more pointless now. Not that I wanted them to stay together as TWU LUV forever or anything, but wow now it’s like. Well, we DEFINITELY know how it’ll turn out sooooo.

    • Rachel

      October 16, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      If it doesn’t end in burst of flame and drama, I’ll eat my 3DS.

      • Kelly

        October 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        No crazy talk now, Rach. That 3DS has Pokemon X on it.

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