After the New 52 reboot, everything about the DC Universe seemed to change overnight. From longtime histories being erased to radical new des and personal dynamics for established heroes, every corner of the DCU went through some degree of change, and one of the most noteworthy and controversial changes of this era was the short-lived romance between Superman and Wonder Woman.
Even though both of those heroes are normally involved with Lois Lane or Steve Trevor, both superheroes were no longer attached to their classic love interests in the and free to transition their friendship and working relationship as teammates on the Justice League into a romantic one. After years of controversy, the relationship would ultimately come to an end before the conclusion of the New 52 era. In an effort to reinvigorate characters who've been around for the better part of a century, DC redefined many of its long-standing romantic relationships with its own fair share of controversy.
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One of the most visible was keeping characters from entering into marriage, from Batwoman and Maggie Sawyer breaking off their engagement to Aquaman and Mera's relationship retconned as a long-term one outside of the bonds of matrimony. These changes would extend to Clark Kent and Lois Lane no longer being married, with Lois in a live-in relationship with another man, while Steve Trevor's feelings for Diana Prince would largely go unreciprocated.
This cleared Clark and Diana to enter their own high-profile relationship, redefining the concept of power couple within the DCU. With Each Other? When this relationship was first revealed as the two heroes shared a passionate kiss in the final moments of 's Justice League 12 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, fans were vocally divided about the romantic development between the two characters.
Many preferred them back either their established love interests, while others felt the dynamic between the two superheroes was best a platonic one. The relationship would become strained and move towards its eventual rupture when Superman's secret identity was publicly reported by Lois.
Of course, this would backfire horribly and strain Superman's relationship with Lois, but it also led to his eventual break-up with Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman forcibly used her golden Lasso of Truth to interrogate Lois and determine why she had divulged Superman's identity to the world.
Superman vocally opposed this decision after he learned of it, which brought out a lot of tension between the two heroes, especially in regards to Superman's unresolved romantic feelings for Lois. As Wonder Woman desperately sought to make things right by restoring Superman's powers after he had temporarily lost them, Clark admitted he wasn't sure that he actually loved Wonder Woman anymore and stressed that they should both focus on other matters and let their romance fall by the wayside.
The New 52 era would conclude this incarnation of Superman's death coinciding with the arrival of the pre- Flashpoint Superman and his family back in the DCU. This time, the two characters were retconned as have never been in a romantic relationship but instead just maintained a friendship and working relationship together all along. This removed any potential past drama as Wonder Woman rekindled her romance with Steve Trevor and Superman's marriage to Lois was restored along with the full introduction of their young son Jon Kent.
While other iterations of the DCU have similarly seen Superman and Wonder Woman enter romantic relationships, the two superheroes tend to work best when they just stay friends. Sam Stone is a 10th level pop culture guru living just outside of Washington, DC who knows an unreasonable amount about The Beatles. You can follow him on Twitter samstoneshow and ask him about Nintendo, pop punk, and Star Trek.
By Sam Stone Published Apr 24, Share Share Tweet 0.