Just who does DC Comics think that Diana is these days? It depends who you ask, apparently; according to Brian Azzarello, the writer of next month’s relaunch of the regular title, she’s a character in need of some attention… but not necessarily a superhero:
[T]he first issue’s all done and we’re running right up to the edge, as far as what we can get away with. We’re pushing the envelope with this one. I firmly believe that that’s what this character needs right now… [I]t’s not going to be a superhero book. I can guarantee you that, it’s not a superhero book. It’s a horror book.
Meanwhile, Grant Morrison – who may or may not be working on a project that may or may not turn out to be Wonder Woman: Earth One – apparently also wants to run right up to the edge, but in terms of sexuality:
Morrison said that you can take the violence out of the original concept of Superman- all the drop-kicking bad guys into the ocean, which would basically kill them anyway, or you can take the gun out of early Batman, and these characters remain essentially the same. But you can’t take the sex out of Wonder Woman. That version of the character died with Marston in the 1940s and she hasn’t recovered her popularity since.
That Superman’s meant to be this ultimate expression of masculinity and he still gets to be sexual, while Wonder Woman’s meant to be the ultimate expression of womanhood and yet she isn’t allowed anything to do with sex.
Morrison’s take will, he says, be informed by “feminist theory from Simone de Beauvoir to Andrea Dworkin” (but not beyond? Or maybe he was just going for the most well-known names), and be sexual without being exploitative. Considering Morrison’s Bulleteer, I’m very curious to see where he ends up going with this – if it ever sees print. After all, remember Wonder Woman: Bondage?