원더우먼이 점점 성장하는 DC 코믹스의 LGBT 슈퍼히어로 가족에 들어왔음을 환영해야 할 때가 왔다.
DC코믹스 작가인 그렉 러카는 최근 코미코시티와의 인터뷰에서 원더우먼이 퀴어임을 밝혔다. 러카는 이 결정이 그저 "타당했다"며, 그녀의 고향인 테미시라(Themyscira)는 여성만이 거주하고 있고 이를 '퀴어 문화'로 해석할 수 있다고 전했다.
그는 이어 "테미시라는 천국 같은 곳이다. 그곳에 거주하는 사람들은 행복하게 살 수 있어야 하고, 만족스럽고, 로맨틱하며, 성적인 관계를 맺을 수 있어야 한다. 하지만 주민들은 모두 여성이지 않은가."라고 덧붙였다.
러카는 원더우먼이 사랑에 빠졌었거나 다른 여성과 관계를 맺은 적이 있는지에 대한 질문에 "만화가 니콜라 스콧과 내가 보기에 답은 당연히 '예스'(Yes)다. 그리고 여러 가지 이유 때문이라도 '예스'여야만 한다."고 말했다.
한편, 지금까지 러카를 제외한 다른 DC 코믹스 만화가들은 원더우먼을 퀴어 캐릭터로 봐도 좋은지, 혹은 퀴어 캐릭터로 쓰였는지에 대해 공개적으로 언급한 바가 없다.
러카의 말이 맞는지는 추후 공개될 원더우먼 시리즈의 리부트에서 확인할 수 있을 것이다.
원더우먼, 가족이 된 것을 환영한다!
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