Wonder Woman came out on DVD today, and to kick off Bisexual Awareness Week, activists have launched a petition asking Warner Brothers and DC to officially make the amazing Amazon bisexual in the film’s announced sequel.
Princess Diana’s pansexuality has been alluded to in DC comics, and in 2016, Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka introduced Kasia, a female lover Diana left behind when she entered Man’s World.
“It’s supposed to be paradise,” Rucka said of the Amazon homeland, Themyscira, in an interview with Comicosity. “You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able… to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women. But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, ’You’re gay.’ The concept doesn’t exist.”
Rucka added, “Are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As [WW artist] Nicola [Scott] and I approach it, the answer is obviously ’Yes.'”
Bi activist Gianna Collier-Pitts, who launched the petition on Change.org today, asks, “Why is it so hard to translate this for the silver screen?”
“Some of you may be thinking that this specificity doesn’t make a difference, but for people like me who rarely see themselves reflected in media, believe me. It does.”
Studying film and television in college, says Collier-Pitts, taught her that representation equals power: “What we are exposed to on our televisions, in our movie theaters, and Netflix queues, can have a direct correlation to how we view ourselves and the world around us. As I was coming to terms with my bisexuality, I saw few—if any—characters that I could relate to. And those that I did see were almost always portrayed in a negative light.”
Bisexuals comprise the largest segment of the LGBT community, but is also the least understood and most often likely to be erased. As a result bisexuals are less likely to come out and more likely to experience mental and physical health issues.
“The bar is already so low when it comes to celebrating women and LGBTQ characters in a positive way,” Collier-Pitts writes, “and I am tired of grasping at straws in an effort to see myself represented.”
Making Wonder Woman bisexual on the big screen would also be groundbreaking for the LGBT community, taking queer representation in superhero movies from innuendo and subtext to the forefront.
“All I ask is that Warner Bros. directly acknowledge Diana Prince for who she is,” Collier-Pitts’ petition concludes, “who she has always been (regardless of her current love interest), and what her character could potentially represent for millions of people.”