Skip to comments.'Justice League' #12: DC reveals Superman's new leading lady... and it's a doozy - EXCLUSIVE
Posted on 08/22/2012 11:15:02 AM PDT by Bratch
When DC Comics rebooted its entire line of superhero titles last year, the publisher did away with Supermans marriage to Lois Lane to pave the way for a new romance. Without further ado, EW can exclusively reveal that Supermans new partner in love is no mere mortal, but a superhero icon in her own right: None other than Wonder Woman. herself. Their next level relationship begins in the pages of Justice League #12...
The comic, which goes on sale Aug. 29, culminates months of flirty foreshadowing. Writer Geoff Johns hints that some event possibly tragic will impact every member of the Justice League, and cause Superman and Wonder Woman to seek solace in each other and move from super-powered colleagues to power couple. This is no one-issue stunt: This is the new status quo, says Johns, adding that the relationship will have a seismic impact on all the heroes and villains in the DC universe.
For the smooch featured on the comics cover, artist Jim Lee took inspiration from Gustav Klimts The Kiss and Alfred Eisenstaedts V-J Day in Times Square photograph. The creative team believes the heroes are right for each other. Shes a mythic Amazonian warrior; hes a veritable demigod. Both have huge hearts for mankind, yet also feel estranged from humanity. Relationships with civilians are tricky for caped crusaders, even liabilities. Usually, they choose to mask their full, true identities and hide their secret, high-risk do-gooding from their lovers to protect them. At least together, Superman and Wonder Woman can be themselves. Oh, and theyre also ridiculously good looking, too. Still, says Johns, expect the new couple to face some unique challenges in their own right.
This isnt to say that fans will understand or support the hook-up. In fact, Johns and Lee expect some outcry and certainly some debate. Actually, theyre counting on it. Hopefully this will raise a lot of eyebrows, Lee says. We welcome the watercooler chatter.
I thought Superman was gay.
I’m pleasantly surprised to see that Superman is still involved with a woman.
In today’s leftist PC climate, I half-expected to see Superman making out with Flash Gordon.
Well, he does wear tights! Maybe the Wonder Woman thing is just a cover for his true love: Jimmy Olsen
Superman is screwed. He now has to deal with the lasso of truth or whatever it’s called.
Well it solves the whole, Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex issue that he would have with Lois Lane...
What’s the comic book universe coming too? Is Archie marrying Veronica going to be next?
My favorite Superman/Wonder woman joke - wonder if I could get away with it here?
Superman comes into the superhero’s convention - his eyes are black, his arm is broken, splints on both legs. The Green Hornet says, “my gosh, what happened to you?”
Superman replies, “I was flying down to the convention and what do I spy below me but Wonder Woman laying on the beach, completely naked. She has her legs spread, she’s withering in ecstasy, and she’s looking straight up at me. Well I know an invitation when I see one, and so does my little friend between my legs. I slipped off my super tights and dove down landing on top of here at nearly full force.
Green Hornet, “and she did all this to you?”
Superman, “no the invisible man did - boy was he pissed.”
Good news for Jimmy Olsen
Jimmy Olsen’s Blues - The Spin Doctors
Well, I don’t think I can handle this
A cloudy day in Metropolis
I think I’ll talk to my analyst
I got it so bad for this little journalist
It drives me up the wall and through the roof
Lois and Clark in a telephone booth
I think I’m going out of my brain
I got it so bad for little miss Lois Lane
Lois Lane please put me in your planner
Yeah, Lois Lane you don’t need no Super Man
Come on downtown and stay with me tonight
I got a pocket full of kryptonite
He’s leaping buildings in a single bound
I’m reading Shakespeare at my place downtown
Come on downtown and make love to me
I’m Jimmy Olsen not a titan, you see
He’s faster than a bullet, stronger than a train
He’s the one who got lucky got his cape around miss Lois Lane
I can’t believe my dilemma is real
I’m competing with a man of steel
I thought Wonder Woman dated the invisible man?
Perhaps with Wonder Woman, it would be less of a problem.
Haven’t there been comics about this for a LOOOOOONNNGG time? Just not from DC Comics? LOL
This pairing makes more sense than Batman and Wonder Woman.
That was Larry Niven, right?
Don't go there!
Maybe Wonder Woman IS Jimmy Olsen!
Pairing up Superman with a bad-girl superhero would have been much more interesting.
I was gonna say.
Back when I was reading DC comics regularly, I always thought Superman had a thing for WW. That was 40 years ago now, but, it was there.
The Superman/Wonder Woman thing has been hinted at subtly and overtly for decades.
I remember one storyline where they wind up in some alternat reality together for a lifetime, though it was only a few days in earth time. Don’t recall the exact issues or story, but recall it... though openly admitting attraction and situation, they never implied the two did anything other than close friends, but certainly suggested more would have been possible if Supe’s wanted it to be.
I haven’t read any DC since the REBOOT, or several years before that actually. At the pricetag they want for comic’s its no longer a cheap brief escape.. at one point in the 90s I was reading nearly every major book DC published, of course they were selling for .75 each back then and aroudn $2 when I stopped, I don’t even want to see what they sell for today.
I like to pretend that didn’t happen.
By the way, anyone want to buy a stack of ‘70s vintage Archie comics and Comic Digests ... cheap?
DC kind of painted themselves into a nasty corner when they introduced “infinite universes” and easy time travel during the Silver Age.
So, okay. Supes marries Lois Lane on Earth-1. Wonder Woman on whatever Earth this one inhabits. Lana Lang on some other earth. Big Ethel on some weird world where the Superman and Archie characters comingle. etc.
I have a page of Schaffenburger’s original art from one of the “Mr. & Mrs. Superman” stories in Superman Family. Absolutely beautiful!
Case of the Ex: Lois Lane on Superman and Wonder Woman's hookup
Earlier today, EW revealed that the Man of Steel and a certain Amazon princess are the Justice Leagues new power couple. Though Lois Lane isnt romantically involved with Superman in DCs New 52″ continuity, the news has still left Metropoliss most famous reporter feeling curiously sad. Want proof? After distracting Lane with a fresh pint of ice cream thanks for the idea, Jon Stewart we managed to swipe a page from her very secret diary. The following entry has been reprinted without her permission. We think Lois would understand, though; sometimes, a writers gotta do what shes gotta do.
As a rule, I dont wallow. After all, Im Lois Freakin Lane Pulitzer Prize winner, Daily Planet Executive Vice President of New Media, possessor of perfect hair. I can cover superheroes fighting alien monsters in my sleep. I eat annoying interns for dinner. I am, generally, so awesome that I couldnt find anything to wallow about even if I wanted to. But something happened today thats given me a serious case of melancholy even though theres no reason it should.
While preparing myself for another late night at the office, I looked out my window and saw a strange sight: Superman, Metropoliss golden boy, engaging in a mid-flight makeout session with some chick in a star-spangled bathing suit.
Now, I know Superman pretty well; I was on his beat before I got promoted to VP. And even though weve got history together, I never had feelings for the guy. Sure, his hair is almost as good as mine, and hes got nice eyes. They would look great even behind thick lenses. But the whole heros girlfriend thing was never the life for me. Im the protagonist of my own story, not a footnote in someone elses.
And yet watching the Man of Steel play tonsil hockey with that statuesque woman seriously, shes got to be at least as tall as he is put me in a terrible mood. I have no claim on him, especially since Im already dating someone who could fill out a pair of tights pretty well. Still, seeing them together made me feel crummy. Its almost as if and I know this is going to sound weird he and I were together in another life. Like, maybe theres this whole alternate universe where Superman marries me, and he dies and then comes back to life, and also he keeps me trapped on a go-kart inside a plastic bubble.
Ugh. This is getting weird. Maybe I should try talking to my friend Clark; he always knows how to cheer me up.
More later someones knocking at my door. Oo, and it looks like she has ice cream!
(Thanks for the chuckle)
Does Wonder Woman turn out to be a man?
How many bucks do comics collectors have in their pockets? n=n
I thought the Supes/WW thing was handled best by Alan Moore in "For The Man Who Has everything" in a World's Finest annual. WW gives Supes a birthday kiss and Supes wonders why they don't do that more often. WW replies "Too obvious."
I had not read comics for many years when a former student showed me a copy of this issue, and I read it and liked it more than I had expected. Took note of Moore's name, and later read both The Killing Joke (a Batman "graphic novel"--i.e., big long funny book) and Watchmen, which I appreciated on one level as an imaginative examination of what a world in which superheroes were real might really be like, and felt a little morally nauseated by on another, the latter because of the former.
Though (or perhaps because) they were more simplistic, I guess I preferred the older DC comics of the late fifties and early sixties, when I was a kid, and superheroes were far less morally ambiguous, when it was simply assumed that any person who developed supernormal powers would naturally want to use them for the good of all. That was probably just as naive for that period as it may be for ours, but it's something I still want to believe. In the early 60's, I got my hands on the earliest runs of the Marvel comics (Fantastic Four, probably one of the first dozen issues) and liked what I read--the humor, the personal frictions between the heroes, etc., which were eventually to become standard operational procedures for the Marvel line), but I didn't abandon DC for them. I've always maintained that Marvel had good product, but DC had custody of the cultural myths, and I guess still kind of feel that way, though DC apparently isn't thinking like that any more.
After all these years, I still don't like Jim Lee's artwork. Gimme Curt Swan, Dave Gibbons or Joe Kubert anyday.
Don't know anything about Jim Lee, but Curt Swan (inked by Murphy Anderson) was, for me, the consummate Superman artist when I was a boy. Kubert I remember from Sgt. Rock, I think--wasn't Gibbons the artist for Watchmen? He had an interesting style for that book, but I don't recall seeing his work anywhere else.
i think they did....already!!
Green Lantern is Gay—that is their token Homosexual. Flash Gordon was a confirmed heterosexual with a big crush on Dale Arden—Unfortunately, so did the cruel Emperor Ming, his arch rival. Jury is still out on Professor Zarkof .
I never knew Superman was a Mormon.
And what of poor Lois Lane, faithful for nearly 70 years?
Batman is hooked up with Cat woman everyone knows that.
Superman, you're dead to me.
Setting up for new movies to get to a JL movie in the next decade (probably)!
This has been around for a long time...
I thought they were just drinking buddies
Curt Swan will always be the best Superman artist. After all, he actually met the man... :)
“I flew with Superman” - Superman Annual 9, 1983
By Curt Swan, with the help of Cary Bates and Elliot S! Maggin.
LOL! I stand corrected.