This is Paul Cornell’s favorite panel in all of comics, by the way.
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I will never forgive DC Comics if the rumours in this article turn out to be true.
But as to that story about the Lois Lane/Clark Kent marriage disappearing, I received more confirmation overnight that this the way things are going, including Superman getting down and jiggy with Wonder Woman. This is your new DC Universe folks!
You know why I hate Superman/Wonder Woman? It has nothing to do with Clark and nothing to do with Lois and everything to do with my status as a Wonder Woman fan. I hate Superman/Wonder Woman because I have never once seen it pitched by a Diana fan or in a truly pro-Diana way; it is always pitched from the point of view that only Diana is “good enough” for Clark, as a fellow superhero of a similar power level — and I hate that, because that diminishes Diana as a character and as a superhero and it essentialises her as her powers rather than as an individual with an individual personality which may or may not be compatible with Clark’s. When you pitch Superman/Wonder Woman in that way, from the assumption that Clark ‘deserves’ someone with a similar power level you make Diana’s powers all about Clark: suddenly the most important thing about the fact that she is a powered superhero is the fact that it just about makes her “good enough” for a given man.
It also diminishes Clark because it’s a perspective which places his powers at the heart of who he is as a person, and it diminishes Lois because the implication is that she is not good enough because she is ‘merely’ a human. In short, neither Clark, nor Diana, nor Lois’s personalities ever seem to be taken into account by people pushing Superman/Wonder Woman — it’s all about how Lois isn’t “good enough” because she doesn’t have superpowers and Diana is because she does. It’s never a question of whether Clark and Diana are actually romantically compatible as individuals (and I think that they’re far too similar to ever work as a couple, but I love them as friends); it’s a purely physical, superficial thing — and it smacks of misogyny.
Not to mention the fact that breaking up Clark and Lois will never, ever attract a new readership to DC Comics because it’s contrary to received cultural wisdom on the status of that relationship: Clark/Lois as a romantic unit transcends the boundaries of the DC mythological universe — DC can no more break them up culturally than they could break up Robin Hood and Maid Marion. They may as well attempt to redefine Superman without his Clark Kent identity: Clark/Lois is that integral to his mythology.
This was written last year by a really smart woman. It’s still relevant.
AMBER HEARD AS HARLEY QUINN. (Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel.)
“And here you thought I was just another bubble headed blonde bimbo! Well, the jokes on you I’m not even a real blonde!”