Superman and Wonder Woman, two of the mightiest heroes of the comics world, are about to become the ultimate power couple. The potentially earth-shattering romance follows DC Comics’ reboot taking them back to square one and erasing details, including the man in tight’s marriage to intrepid reporter Lois Lane.
Will it affect the movie reboot?
Writer Geoff Johns said that a significant event was set to send the Man of Steel and the Amazonian warrior into each other’s arms in the new comic Justice League #12, out on August 29, moving the duo “from super-powered colleagues to power couple”. The pair has dabbled romantically in the past, but Johns told Entertainment Weekly that the new relationship would not be a “one-issue stunt”, rather that “this is the new status quo”.
DC believes the link-up makes sense, because both characters “have huge hearts for mankind, yet also feel estranged from humanity”, and both — as well as being really good-looking — usually hide their secret selves from their civilian lovers. The new cover shows the two superheroes locking lips surrounded by Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth. According to artist Jim Lee, it was inspired by Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s VJ Day in Times Square photograph. “Hopefully this will raise a lot of eyebrows,” Lee said.
The change in direction is unlikely to affect the Superman film franchise which, like Spider-Man, is getting a Hollywood reboot. The film, Man of Steel, is due for release next summer with British actor Henry Cavill in the title role and Russell Crowe playing the role Marlon Brando played in 1978, Superman’s Kryptonian dad, Jor-El. Amy Adams plays Lois Lane. While a late addition of Wonder Woman to the film would be a surprise, there is talk of her finally getting her own new cinematic offering.