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The Cover For ‘Justice League #12’ Gets Quite Romantic (Or, Supes and Diana, Sitting In a Tree…)

Well, things just got interesting. As revealed on the cover this morning by Entertainment Weekly, it looks like the Man of Steel and the Queen (I mean, given what happened in the first arc of the rebooted Wonder Woman…) of the Amazons will be an item in the New 52 DC Universe. Hit the jump to see the cover and hear all the details.

From EW:

When DC Comics rebooted its entire line of superhero titles last year, the publisher did away with Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane to pave the way for a new romance. Without further ado, EW can exclusively reveal that Superman’s 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 comic’s cover, artist Jim Lee took inspiration from Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day in Times Square photograph. The creative team believes the heroes are right for each other. She’s a mythic Amazonian warrior; he’s 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 they’re also ridiculously good looking, too. Still, says Johns, expect the new couple to face some unique challenges in their own right.

I’m not sure I’m on-board quite yet, as I’ve always preferred Clark with Lois, but I’m at least glad they aren’t making this a one-issue stunt (for example, he flirts with Diana on one panel of the comic and they blow it all out of proportion in advance as a “new romance” and make it the cover). Still, the idea of them together isn’t all that new (case in point: The Dark Knight Returns, though that was a separate continuity) and it’ll be nice to see how Johns handles it. His first arc for Justice League was pretty “meh” but he was constrained by having to work within very specific guidelines, and now that the leash is off the second arc has been much stronger, so I’m really not worried about the quality of this issue. It’ll be interesting, that’s for sure.

What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Wish she was with Bruce, ALA Justice League Unlimited? Sound off in the comments!

  1. August 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Arg….Wonder Woman and Superman just strikes me as butter on butter. Something everyone wants to tries once and then just gets bored with it. Plus Lois kicks more ass.

    • August 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      I’m hoping it is a fake out.

      • August 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        I don’t think it is. They’ve worked hard to show that Clark and Lois were never an item, and Geoff Johns stated that this is a long-term, status quo pairing. Because he’s Geoff Johns, he gets whatever he wants, so I would count on this being long-lasting.

      • August 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        It just seems so damn forced to me. Mostly because he hasn’t been bothered to write the characters it feels like.
        And in the blackest night he had Batman be wonder Woman’s true love or some bullshit.
        And they said superman’s death was going to be long lasting, and status quo, in 96, look how well that worked out. 4 or 5 issues later he was back.
        It just seems forced and beside one flirtly comment it makes no sense.

      • August 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        And they have only spoken to each other on panel about five times. It is like they are pushing romance into JLA fits about as comfrotably as a crowbar into Jason Todds Face.
        The problem for me is there no build up. She flirted more with Steven Trevor than anyone else and suddnley at the end of issue 12 she is going to be with Supes? No, you need to lay some ground work.

  2. August 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    More I think about it…ugh. Let’s recap.

    One case of (and I’m stretching a lot here) flirting in JL:
    Clark: hey…you’re strong.
    Diana: I know.

    Yeah, that’s some solid attraction there, Geoff. Plus, there are already much stronger love interests being explored in Superman and Wonder Woman that have been building up. Twelve issues of work, but Johns gets what Johns wants so that’s all out the window.

    I’m starting to wonder how much they thought this through.

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