New 52 Superman gets a new romance
Jennie explains why DC is going 52 Shades of Red, White and Blue...
DC’s New 52 provided many shake ups for comic book fans: changes to fan favourite characters, confusing plotlines, altered canon and, perhaps most extreme, some characters removed so completely from the DC universe that those in the know have dubbed them toxic.
But the latest revelation has finally put rest to all those tongues wagging, and debating just why Clark Kent's marriage to Lois Lane disappeared.
Who's fit to date Superman? Why Wonder Woman, of course.
Wonder Woman has not been without major character changes herself. The new warrior Wonder Woman has been kicking ass all over the shop, and with a brand new origin story too. Still the princess of Themyscira, Wonder Woman #3 reboot put an end to all of that ‘made of clay’ nonsense and revealed that she was conceived in the old fashioned way – a little bit of how’s-your-father with the daddy of them all, Zeus. The history of the Amazon warriors was muddied further when it was revealed in #7 that they keep their numbers up by seducing men, keeping the female offspring and selling the males as slaves.
Now poor Diana didn’t know any of this, so it would be understandable that all these revelations about your culture and history may leave you a bit fragile, especially for one so noble as Wonder Woman. Perhaps she's seeking solace in the arms of the pinnacle of heroism and goodness Superman? Or perhaps they have just had enough of fighting their attraction to each other in the New 52 timeline.
Superman has had his own problems in the New 52 so far, but the break up with Lois is something that is particularly potent for readers. Clark Kent and Lois Lane are the most enduring couple in comics. The have survived on screen, TV, books and comics and there was always something charming and wholesome about the man with the power to do almost everything, except hide from the reporter with the keen intellect.
You can probably tell from that above paragraph, that I am a little biased. Trying to put that aside, it's understandable that many people want to see Wonder Woman and Superman together. They are like two sides of the same coin – heck, they even both wear red and blue! But when two supremely powerful beings team up in such a way it's unlikely that anyone will be able to anticipate the consequences. They are the new super-powered couple.
It is not the first time Superman and Wonder Woman have had dalliances in the past. Perhaps most notably in 1996's Kingdom Come storyline, when Wonder Woman is shown to be pregnant with Superman’s child – 10 years after the death of Lois Lane (For anyone interested in Superman's reproductive prospects on Earth, check out Larry Niven's nerdy dialectic Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex. Shame on you all, shame we say! - Super CJ)
What this story all means is not yet revealed, but after heavy flirting for 11 issues it will all kick off in this month's Justice League #12. For those of you who remain sceptical, the heavily-guarded cover for shows the couple in a rather lusty pose and even hints that Wonder Woman is putting that lasso of truth to good use. Yes folks, they have gone there.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Justice League writer Geoff Johns claims this is not a one issue stunt, exclaiming in true comic book fashion that, “This is the new status quo”. Best get on board then.
What this means for any future film franchise is unclear. After all, the Smallville continuation comic has Lois and Clark as a definite couple and there is no sign of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel movie. One thing that is clear is that DC has a lot of work to do if it intends to use the New 52 as a platform for a Justice League movie.
Justice League #12 is out on August 29.
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