She was the daughter of a general with a passion for truth and justice and tight blue long underwear. The object of affection for the most powerful and recognizable man in the world she teased, frustrated, delighted and humoured us through multiple tv shows, a series of best-selling comics and a couple of movies you might have seen.

She resonated with women.

In a world of super powered men she was an extraordinary woman who managed to survive without the powers of everyone around her. An apt symbol for a woman operating in a man’s world. Yeah she couldn’t punch through concrete or go toe to toe with gods but she could inspire in ways few others could and she was one half of one of the greatest love stories of American mythology.

In fact in the pantheon of American gods there was only one woman who could truly rival her for the most recognizable woman in comics.

She was, in fact, an actual goddess, or a shapely lump sentient clay depending on her origin. She wasn’t known for her cleverness but for her strength. Where Lois was a modern Penelope thriving through thoughtfulness and a savvy understanding of events and often watching the move violent adventure from afar Wonder Woman was Atalanta, bravely waging battles along side the more traditionally male heroes.

Lois Lane was representative of a woman’s reality and Wonder Woman was our dream. It’s why she was the one appearing on the cover of Ms. Magazine. Why she was the one coopted as a symbol of the Women’s Rights Movement.

Neither is or was better. They’re two halves of the coin. Two characters that both speak for a vital part of our cultural narrative.

But in comics, where the money is had in epic twelve issue battles, Wonder Woman has had a clear advantage. Comics are, after all, fantasies. Men who dress like bats and violently take the law into their own hands are heroes there. Wonder Woman, in her sexy swim suit and with her massive cultural cache and wide array of gruesomely cool villainesses and villains is a potential gold mine.

So DC Comics, rightly from a business perspective, have embraced her as the female face of their brand. She’s a known entity and recognizable to anyone. Even the kids down the street who’ve never read a comic in their life but might one day.

Only her rise has come at the cost of Lois Lane’s decline. Where once the two characters coexisted peacefully (and were even friends in stories) now Wonder Woman has subsumed Lois Lane’s place in the pantheon. (The Dionysus to Lois’s Hestia if you want to continue the Greek mythology comparison.)

For seventy years Wonder Woman and Superman cooperated. They were the rare female/male friendship that didn’t end in sex. They were friends–though a little flirty when the script called for it. He had Lois, an icon in her own right, and she had Steve Trevor, Etta Candy, that one Amazon she made eyes with and her own independence.

Not anymore. Now they’re a couple! A super couple. There’s no room for mere mortals in their stories now. It’s just the two of them being stronger and better than anyone else. Only…only this bid to make them an iconic super couple didn’t occur in a vacuum so in addition to rewriting seventy years of cultural history Wonder Woman’s taken a step back. Now she’s not just the female lead of the DC Universe. She’s Superman’s Girlfriend.

She’s no longer a woman we aspire to be and empathize with. She’s repainted as an object of Superman’s affection. No longer an icon for women, but an object for men.

There is something good that’s come from this.

In film and television Lois Lane and Superman have always found a great deal more success than Wonder Woman. Lois Lane appeared regularly on television in the 50s, in that one ill-advised televised musical in the 70s, all through the 90s and 2000s and up through last year on Smallville. She also appeared in a just a few films. In fact the most successful Superman films of the last three decades have been the ones that fully embraced the Superman/Lois Lane romance (same with television, where Teri Hatcher was one of the most searched woman on the internet while being one of the most talked about women on Lois & Clark)!

Wonder Woman, conversely, hasn’t been quite as successful. Her television show is memorable today but in actuality only ran three seasons in the seventies! And it took a great deal of work on the part of the production company just to get a tv network to air those three seasons. Then in 2011 there was the ill-advised pilot starring Adrianne Palicki that FemPop has gleefully torn apart on more than one occasion. But now, fresh on the heels of her new-found editorial driven popularity at DC Wonder Woman is getting ANOTHER pilot.

This time it’s at the CW which renewed Smallville for six out of its ten seasons and guided the show through its supremely geeky later years. And where the last pilot was penned by David E. Kelly who seemed to be doing it more for money than any real affection for the character this time it’s being helmed by Allan Heinberg who wrote the character at DC when he wasn’t busy producing and writing Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C., Gilmore Girls and Sex in the City.

But in celebrating this new pilot and Wonder Woman’s potential to finally explode into awesomeness in the public consciousness we have to ask ourselves is it worth it? Is her success worth Lois Lane’s failure? And why, after all these years, are the two forced to compete? Both for Superman’s affection, and for ours. It’s been forty years since the image below and it would seem that very little has changed.

  • Patrick

    I am not so sure that it is correct to describe this as one woman pitted against another. When you wrote “…Wonder Woman’s taken a step back. Now she’s not just the female lead of the DC Universe. She’s Superman’s Girlfriend.” That is a male centered view as if she MUST be defined by that relationship. I don’t think that has to be the case. In fact I am hoping that eventually the writers turn that on its head. My hope is the we see Wonder Woman frequently having to save Superman in various situations and perhaps people beginning to wonder is she the Alpha dog in DC. Maybe it won’t happen, but I think it is premature to make the case that her relationship with Superman will be her defining trait. Lois on the other hand could never be anything BUT “Superman’s girlfriend.” She has been absolutely defined by that relationship and only that relationship. When was the last time you picked up a comic featuring a reporter with out so much as a some high tech gadget to help her fight crime. No matter how spunky or brave she is, it is the relationship with a super being that has made Lois who she is. The fact that Wonder Woman has reached her iconic status without that “baggage” makes me think that it is the better route for all involved. DC could make this story arc iconic by going out of their way to show that it is not going to happen. Wonder Woman has been fighting alongside Batman AND Superman for years and she has avoided the ‘sidekick” role and maintained her status in the trinity. Who she goes home to should not even factor into to it.

    • http://fempop.com/ Alex Cranz

      See for me that’s precisely the problem. Already Wonder Woman is being listed as Superman’s girlfriend by mainstream media and being shoehorned into the role DC had Lois vacate.

      And as for Lois you’re right, in the comics she has come to be defined ONLY by her relationship. Personally I don’t even mind her and Superman not being a couple if it meant we got really cool Lois Lane solo stories but we aren’t getting those.

      Heck I wouldn’t even mind a few years of Wonder Woman/Superman loving while Lois goes off and is a complete badass. Because then when the Clois does come (and I think we’d be foolish to assume it won’t) it would be that much more potent. Guy was with WONDER WOMAN and chose Lois Lane. But that honestly doesn’t seem like the case at the moment. Instead it seems like Wonder Woman is taking on Lois’s place in the pantheon and Lois is being put to pasture as a relic from a bygone era.

      • CharlesHB

        “Lois goes off and is a complete badass” This is a good point and one I have made and seen made – and on Twitter picked up by Jim Lee.

        The mainstream media reports of Superman Wonder Woman were poor, indeed some didn’t even factor in the New 52 reboot, ignorant of what that meant.
        That said – again on Twitter, Jim Lee indicated he was aware of this, and the implied answer was that with Geoff Johns their intention was write a relationship of equals.
        Wouldn’t that be the best answer?
        Related to that was the opportunity for both Steve Trevor and Lois Lane to step out of Diana and Clark’s shadow.
        countryboylife
        ‏@countryboylife

        RT @DianaAndKal: @geoffjohns @JimLee WOW! http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2012-08-27/Superman-Wonder-Woman-kiss-in-Justice-League-comic-book/57328804/1 … pic.twitter.com/3UsQZPY6 @USATODAY Really hope this lets Steve & Lois both shine!

        Retweeted by Jim Lee

        Letting them shine – well Steve Trevor is already well on the way to becoming DC’s Nick Fury, leading the JLA next year.
        While Lois Lane and the Resistance was for me disappointing, the idea of Lois Lane along the lines of Nancy Wake, was promising, but it was more Lois Lane getting into the thick of it and needing rescuing.
        I hope DC can grow both Steve and Lois ( who have brand power ) in their own right, in a way that has previously only been used for boys called Robin.

    • Mary229

      Actually, I think it’s problematic to define Lois and Clark’s relationship as “baggage” that keeps Lois from being powerful in her own right. There is a sexist commentary to that. Does the Superman franchise have sexist baggage? Yes. The Wonder Woman franchise does too. Most narratives that came of age prior to the sexual revoluation have sexist baggage.
      However, the bottom line is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman being a powerful career woman and also having a powerful relationship with a man she loves. It didn’t make Lois “less” powerful because she loved Clark.
      “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” was a perfect example of this. That was an example of a narrative told not just from Clark’s POV but from Lois’s POV as an EQUAL player. Her backstory and her history was equally as important to the narrative as his was. Yes, they loved each other. Yes, their relationship was a defining factor—just as it is for many people. But it didn’t change the fact that she was a powerful woman on her own. She was never his sidekick she was his PARNTER.
      The bottom line is that Superman and Lois Lane were created as a pair. This was a purposeful thing by Jerry Siegel. It’s not actually a bad thing that two characters can be created to go together in such a way because the point is that they exist to compliment each other.
      Of course, many attempts were made at DC to get a Lois Lane book that would be purely about her investigating off the ground. Greg Rucka tried. Dean Trippe tried. But DC has no interest in printing books for young women hence it was rejected. This is documented fact.
      Wonder Woman has her own sexist baggage that has hindered the character for decades. The very fact that so many people still struggle to come to terms with the fact that Wonder Woman was created by Marston to love a HUMAN MAN that she could overpower physically speaks volumes about much of the sexist baggage that still hinders WW’s story.
      Both Wonder Woman and Lois Lane have been faced with sexist baggage. To not understand that or to imply that Diana is somehow “better” is a huge misunderstanding of the overall point and of gender issues.
      You’re also mistaken if you don’t realize that Lois Lane frequently came to Superman’s rescue on the written page and in live action. To imply otherwise is to be uneducated about the history of the relationship. “Saving” someone isn’t just about the physical. Many times, Lois “saved” Superman because it was her voice and her voice alone that was able to get through to the people. On “smallville” it was often Lois’s wisdom and wit that got through to people when no one else could. And that doesn’t include when she was physically saving his life as he lay dying in the street. There is more than one way to save the person you love.

      • Patrick

        Lois
        relationship with Superman is her baggage.
        It guarantees that she will never be seen as a strong woman. It is not sexism it is reality. Yes most narratives came of that age and
        surely some of the writing for Wonder Woman reflected that but she was always
        able to escape the perceptions of “needing to be saved by a man” which to me
        gave her an advantage that to this day Lois still has not overcome. When I read people’s responses to the Wonder
        Woman Superman coupling, many people cite Lois Lane as always “needing to be
        saved” – whether true or not, that is the perception. So yes it has created “baggage” Lois! Case in point, just yesterday Amy Adams who
        is playing the most recent movie version of Lois Lane stated that Lois “…is
        definitely a pistol still and she definitely gets herself in a lot of trouble
        still” which suggests she needs to be saved by…guess who? It also means that
        the VERY popular TV show “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of
        Superman” with
        all of its focus on Lois as a strong ‘partner” still has not changed her public
        perception as someone needing to be saved by Superman which will likely be again
        shown in the next movie. Lois has NEVER
        been Superman’s “partner” she is not even a sidekick and to say that she is
        fundamentally incorrect. Need proof?…If
        Lois was his “equal partner” why is she not in the Justice League? The reason is that she herself is not a
        superhero, she is a character invented to support the story of Superman. Wonder Woman surely does have sexist “baggage”
        but I think that over the last 20 years it has somewhat dissipated and she has survived
        it and emerged as a strong icon for women.

        As
        far as Lois coming to Superman’s rescue here is the fundamental
        difference. When Lois needs rescuing
        whether her plane is crashing, she is in a falling elevator, or as in the first
        Superman movie she is already dead and needs someone to change time…there is
        only one person Lois can turn to thus she needs him. When Superman needs help ANYONE can help him
        in some small way. Let me illustrate…in
        the movie Superman Returns, Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) sees Superman drowning in
        the water, jumps in pulls him to the airplane and removes the Kryptonite shiv allowing
        Superman to then go on and save Metropolis. An incredible scene that shows what
        a strong woman Lois is…but if you go back to Superman the Motion Picture…Ms. Tessmacher
        (Valerie Perrine) does almost EXACTLY THE SAME THING! She also jumps in water, saves Superman from
        drowning and removes the Kryptonite that allows him to go on and save California. The moral of the story is that certain
        aspects of Lois are interchangeable. Yes,
        at times Lois saves Superman, but as the example points out…there is nothing
        special about that. ANY human from Jimmy
        Olsen to Lana Lang can and probably has on occasion saved Superman. What Wonder Woman brings to the equation is a
        chance for a hero like her to “save” Superman in a way no other person could…to
        tax her abilities and perhaps go beyond anything she has ever done as a sign of
        how strong her love is for him. For
        example, going back to Superman the Motion Picture we see at the end that
        Superman loves Lois so much that he literally bends time and space for her
        breaking the laws of physics. Perhaps Wonder
        Woman would literally go to hell and back for him…the point being that this
        kind of dramatic story telling only (or maybe best) works for a character like Wonder
        Woman. Since both characters can do so
        something of that magnitude, it adds a dimension to the relationship that is
        both equal and more expansive.

    • http://twitter.com/since1938 Natasha

      I’m inclinced to think that the fact that there are people in this and many other comments sections on articles and forums dissing one woman in favor of another…and DC actively advocating this for one reason or another by promoting this story as Superman “dumping” Lois for Diana (when they’re not even together in this current continuity) is proof that this situation is actively pitting these two iconic women against each other…for a man. And I love me some Superman (I just spent a grip at Baltimore Comic Con on Superman comics and paraphernalia) but that’s incredibly gross for both Lois and Wonder Woman.

      • Mary229

        Yup. And I refuse to play this game. The whole point of this article is that both women are incredible and both women send a powerful message to women. Neither one is better than the other. I could write you an essay on why I love Lois Lane and I could write you an essay on why I love Wonder Woman. I have. Many times over. I won’t play this game.

      • Patrick

        I have not read anything that “disses” either woman. This is a discussion about which person makes the most sense being in a relationship with Superman. I don’t see any value judgments at all. No one is contending Lois Lane is not a strong woman just that she is not a superhero. That is a fact!…Where is the dis?

  • FARIA MOONAH

    This article is assuming Lois resonates or means something to all women. She actually is a fictional character and newsflash, she does not mean that much to all of us. I got my inspiration from Nancy Drew, Modesty Blaise, Jo March, Elizabeth Bennet and yes, Wonder Woman. Lois in my time ironically represented the status quo and one I could not identify with. She makes eyes at Superman, gets into trouble, gets saved by him, gets scoops (from him) and I honestly never thought her a great reporter in real world terms…Superman taught me about heroics than her in my childhood. Wonder Woman taught me you could be a woman who can save the men you worked with too and be strong and compassionate and kick ass. As a minority and young person I identified with her coming of age story and her stranger in a foreign land. She was an immigrant. I relate to that. She was alone and brave and trying to be accepted (much like many of our stories). She is relevant in the global village that is the world. Tastes change. Times change. What we want in our women change. So, this is not Lois vs Diana for me. This is a new love story where I see two young people, who are way more interesting that the dull versions of years ago, and I want to read about it. If Lois is as great as she is supposed to be then she’d recognize good men do not have to wear a capes and she can stand up by herself and not be defined as the woman whose career is build around Superman.

    • Mary229

      This is a very poor comment. You can always speak for yourself but you can not speak for other people which is what you tried to do here. You also misrepresented the character of Lois Lane and her history with Clark. I understand you are a supporter of the WW/Sm relationship, but you are not doing yourself or your cause any favors by expressing yourself like this.
      The truth is that Wonder Woman doesn’t resonate with all women either. No woman resonates with ALL women. There is no universal ideal or perfect female character. I personally love both Lois and Wonder woman but but there are fans out there who do not respond to Diana nor like her and that is because there is no universal female character.
      It’s ironic that you listed Jo March and Elizabeth Bennett because, to me, Lois Lane has always been the Jo March and Libby Bennett of the comic book world. A woman who grew up in the World of Man—chained by sexism—and sought to express herself and her rights freely even in a world that attempted to oppress her.
      I work in a job where I am surrounded by men every day. I absolutely identify with Lois Lane and always have. And I am not alone. Many real life journalists have cited her as the inspiration for their career.
      Your commentary that our “tastes changes” is also an ignorant comment. Women being outnumbered by men in the workforce and attempting to use their inner strength in the face of adversity—women struggling to balance work and love and marriage—is not a dated concept. It’s the essence of many modern women.
      It’s also a factually inaccurate comment as it suggests that women aren’t gravitatating towards Lois Lane. Her recent success (played by Erica Durance) on Smallville and the fact that currently a 3 time Oscar nominee openly lists her as an inspiration proves that there are still plenty of women finding inspiration in her story and in the relationship.
      Lastly, your comments about Lois in the new 52 are nasty and uninformed. The truth is that Lois Lane consistently in narratives made it clear that Clark was the person she cared about—that it was the person on the inside that counted. Not the cape. This was explored in depth all the way back in 1978 when the first Superman/Lois marriage occurred and Lois openly married Clark because she loved him. It most recentlyplayed out on smallville where Lois fell in love with Clark Kent without ever knowing that he had abilities.
      In the new 52, Superman has been shown to have strong feelings for Lois Lane. However, he’s also been shown to be a loner who pushes people away. His isolation is self-imposed and placed upon him by editorial to keep him isolated. It’s not anything Lois did wrong as she has been a friend to him and was pushed away.
      You are free to ship what you choose to ship. But attempting to speak for other women (as you did here) and degrading the things that other women find inspiring as being “dull’ and “dated” is frankly insulting and rude. It does you and your fandom no favors.

    • maya_k

      Needless to say we all see the world through our own experiences and lens. I love Lois Lane, I always have. My first comic book was Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane. I disagree with everything you say about Lois.

      That said, I love Diana and I agree with the author in that I don’t like to see women pit against each other. Relationship preference shouldn’t mean denigrating one woman to elevate the other.

      ‘Shipping is a very subjective, there is no right or wrong. I’m not a fan of the Superman/Wonder Woman pairing but I’m certainly not going to belittle other characters to make my point.

      I too am a minority, a woman of color and a child of non European immigrants who came to the USA in the late 50s pre civil rights. It was an interesting time, back when a Kindergarten teacher could call her student “little brown girl” instead of bothering to learn her name. My parents complained left and right to the school but back then as the country was dealing with the new post civil rights world it was an uphill battle.

      I grew up to be an Electrical Engineer, I had to battle the preconceived notions that women shouldn’t be in such careers. If I had a dime for every time I heard that this was a man’s arena and women were best suited to other careers and I was taking up a spot that should go to a man and besides I was only there husband hunting anyway..

      For me? Lois Lane was my inspiration. I thought to myself, how would Lois handle this? I felt powerless but as I lived the inequity and then saw it mirrored on the page with what Lois went through, I felt no matter how upsetting it was, it didn’t mean I had to let the world step on me.

      I saw in Lois a woman fighting in a man’s world who wasn’t always treated with respect by even the people who wrote her. She was and remains to this day my heroine.

      However, as with everything in this world, your mileage may vary.

    • http://twitter.com/since1938 Natasha

      I think one of the reasons your comments are erroneous is because you have, whether intentionally or not, completely misread Lois’ narrative and have therefore no understanding of who Lois Lane is or what she represents in the Superman mythology. You’re a woman of color? Congratulations, so am I. I come from a family that includes people who built this country as slaves in this country, who fought for this country in segregated military units, who were only forced to live in one part of the city because it was designated for Black people and even had the title “Colored Town”, whose parents and grandparents were forced to the back of a bus or not even allowed on the beaches that they worked at, and whose father, uncles, and younger brother were pulled over for driving cars that the police didn’t deem them worthy of driving even though they were educators and/or college students. You say Lois Lane has no resonance with Women of Color? Well I disagree. Lois herself is a character who not only thrived in a male-dominated profession, but also excelled at it when society didn’t think she could or should…that’s something Women of color can relate to. She fights for truth and justice the same and Superman does, only she does it with her words and without powers, Women of Color who are still fighting for justice today can relate to that too. Maybe you should read a more current version of Lois rather than the incredibly sexist narratives of the Silver Age that you appear to be referencing, especially with your implication that Lois only loves Superman and not Clark. I recommend such stories as Superman: Birthright, Superman Secret Origins, Death/Return of Superman, anything from Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, or Kurt Busiek’s runs on Adventures of Superman, Action Comics, and Superman respectively, and pretty much anything else between 1990 and 2010 when DC didn’t actively marginalize Lois Lane’s role in Superman’s narrative. You say you love Superman, well so do I. I’m sure we love him for the same reasons, and I’m going to use the same words I used from my essay on DC Women Kicking Ass a couple months ago: “I love Clark Kent because of who he is, not because of what he can do. I love that his purpose is for us as humans to use the abilities that we were born with to benefit humanity. The ultimate theme of this character is hope, not revenge, fear, or hubris. Clark believes the best in humans because he was raised by two of humanity’s best representatives. He believes in second chances (and third and fourth) and that there is good in everyone. He believes that all life is precious and will do everything he can to preserve it. Superman is the ideal representation of humanity and inspires us to be our best possible selves. When a man like this falls in love with a loud, abrasive, ambitious, and yet fearless, intelligent, feisty, and caring human woman like Lois Lane, it sends a powerful message to not only the women reading this book, but also the men. It combats the message that women have to stand down, shut up, and hide their ambition to be worthy of passionate love with a strong man. Lois is all of those adjectives and even more, and she is the way she is not only because she was raised as an Army brat and had to be tough as nails growing up in that world, but also because she is a woman in a field dominated by men and she had to prove that she was, not just as good as her colleagues, but better. Lois will throw herself into a potentially dangerous story (and did so long before Superman showed up in Metropolis), and the kicker is that she wasn’t just doing it for the story. She does it because she believes, wholeheartedly, in the right for the public to know the truth, she believes in justice, she believes in leaving no wo/man behind, and she is willing to die to make sure of that. …Lois is the human perspective in his story, and more importantly is what she represents to Superman. Within the Superman narrative, Lois Lane represents the best of humanity and everything Superman loves about humans…She is incredibly flawed, just as we all are flawed, with her brashness and lack of verbal filter. But she’s also incredibly loyal and has a vulnerability that she hides behind a ten-foot wall that only a Superman could break down. She is a fighter to the point of getting in over her head, but she does it to fight for truth and justice the same as Superman does…only she does it without powers. She is his equal because she shares his ideology and is willing to die for it…Lois will risk her own life and not just for the story, but for everything that makes the Fourth Estate worth anything: freedom of speech, the press, and the right to information. Nothing is more important to her than the truth and the publics right to it. She is the strength and integrity…” Keep in mind this is just me, a woman of color, speaking for myself and why Lois DOES matter, so perhaps a more careful and less sexist reading of her narrative is in order.

  • unoaranya30

    I guess I just fail to see the appeal of Lois or Trevor. I’m not st all interested in reading about them and would not care if they were put out to pasture.

    I do want to see great storytelling with the Wonder Woman and Superman romance.

    See how they grow closer, see how they react to each others family’s. See them work as a team. Háve some good stories of Diana saving Supes and some with Supes saving Diana, see how their fellow members relate to them. There is just so much potential here that I hope DC takes their time and exhausts themselves with all the wonderful possibilities. Maybe we’ll get seventy years of great stories out of this.

    • Mary229

      You fail to see the appeal of a woman who does not come from privilege rising to the top of a man’s profession through sheer will and grit who’s worth comes not from her beautiful body but from her mind? A woman who was the daugther of a General and cares deeply about injustice?
      You fail to see the appeal of a man who is a solider and war hero who isn’t so ground in gender roles that he isn’t threatened by being in a relationship with a woman who has superpowers when he has none?
      You wouldn’t care if the first career woman that many people ever saw on television—a woman that helped little girls in the 1940′s believe that they too could work with the men at a job—be put out to pasture?
      It’s so funny to me how feminism goes out the window whenever shipping is concerned. You like Superman/WW so what Lois Lane means to women everywhere (and don’t kid yourself that she doesn’t) all of a sudden doesn’t matter. Just put it out to pasture. It’s such a stark hypocrisy that comes out in the support of this relationship.
      As for 70 years….no. I think you’ll get maybe 1 year. It seems pretty clear to me where this story is going. Diana and Clark feel isolated and alone. The overall lesson will ultimately be that fear shouldn’t dictate love and that even though following your heart is difficult and scary that true herosim can never be dictated by fear in one’s heart. That leads to darkness. Within a few years time (or less), I fully expect that Diana will return to Steve since that seems to be clearly where her heart lies. And if and when this Clark finds the guts to finally stop pushing Lois away I expect he will eventually be with her too.
      Maybe it will be a great story of how they get there. But truly, I doubt it. As Greg Rucka said clearly, the industry is catering to a very specific, limited, base demographic right now and the chances of this story being told in a way that is truly respectful to all parties is most likely zero. But i’ll be back when the story is over to resume reading again.

      • unoaranya30

        I don’t fail to see the appeal of the woman or man you describe. Both are very honorable professions and anyone who works hard to be successful and provide for family or sacrifice for country is someone to be admired.

        I just fail to see the appeal of Lois with Superman and Steve with Wonder Woman. That is most certainly due to the fact that I very much love the idea of Wonder Woman with Superman. I want to good stories with these two. When I read their titles and JLA, they and the other heroes are the ones I’m primarily interested in. Not Steve or Lois. They are not the reason I buy he comics.

        You’re probably right of course, 70 years is asking a lot, but I suspect we’ll get substantially more than a year given the new status quo comment. That was just me wishful thinking :-)

        But I’ll enjoy whatever little bone I get I suppose. Six months? One year? Ten? I guess we’ll see.

        I’m sure if you are unhappy now for the same reasons that I am excited that things will cycle back to your liking one day. Thats just comics for you
        :-)

        • Mary229

          I’m not unhappy. I’m apathetic.
          Your original comment was really dismissive. The bottom line is that the point of this article set out to talk about how valuable both of these women are and your response was to say that you didn’t care of one of them vanished. It wasn’t a cool thing to say no matter your shipping preferences.
          I love Wonder Woman. She’s tied with Lois Lane was my favorite woman in comics.
          I love her relationship with Steve Trevor because I agree with Gail Simone that what makes Diana so special is that she isn’t necessarily impressed by the same obvious glory that other people are. She sees what is inside of a person.
          I find it very appealing and a true commentary on her heart and humility that she would seek out a partner that was a soldier and a human—a person who didn’t have the privilege of physical power at their disposal but fought bravely for their country.
          I love Superman’s relationship with Lois Lane because I think it sends a very powerful message to show Clark as the kind of man that sees worth and value not in the physical but in a flawed human being who rises to the top of her profession through grit and will.
          I think both of these stories are not only more appealing but present both Wonder Woman and Superman in a better light.
          I find the concept of matching Superman and Wonder woman together to be representative of the same kind of arguments that the Nazis made when they were fighting for Aryan supremacy back in the 40′s. I don’t think it sends a positive message about either character if the only person “good enough” for them is another god.
          As for “status quo”—yeah…I don’t believe it. I think it will be the status quo until the next big event. I think it’s been clearly set up as a relationship of convienance because neither of them can be with the person they truly love.
          Amy Adams—the 3 time Oscar Nominee about to be 4 time Oscar nominee—just gave her first interview for Man of Steel yesterday and I expect more to come throughout the year. By the time the movie opens in June of 2013, I fully expect that the narrative will have shifted back in some way to Lois Lane as that is the story they are marketing in their new Superman franchise.
          Look, I truly do hope you enjoy any bone that you get. There are no hard feelings. I don’t think you are going to get much and I don’t think it’s going to end the way you want it to. But that’s ok. I do hope you enjoy it.
          I do hope though that you think twice before allowing yur shipping preferences to make you comment that it would be just fine to send a feminist icon for millions of women “out to pasture.” That really negates the entire point of this article in that women shouldn’t have to choose between Diana or Lois. Those of us that love both should be able to love both. Your comment was the very anti-thesis of the point.

          • unoaranya30

            Well, the fact remains that neither Lois or Steve interest me. So it does not matter to me if they show up in the books or not.

            You obviously feel very strongly about them.

            Me am not.

  • Mary229

    This is a wonderful article and I thank you for writing it. You’ve made many insightful, important points that have been lost on other people.
    All I can say is that I refuse to play DC Comics’ game.
    Wonder Woman and Lois Lane have always been two sides of the same feminism coin. To not undersatnd that is to not only not understand our history as women but to truly miss the point of both narratives.
    Wonder Woman came from a world without institutionlized sexism. The point of her character is to show us what we could achieve as women if we weren’t oppressed. We could quite literally save the world. It’s powerful and beautiful. What I love most about Diana is her sense of peace and justice and the incredible love and message that she brings to the world of man.
    But there is another side to that female power and that side was Lois Lane.
    Lois Lane was the woman born in the world of man—a world that oppressed women. She was chained by institutionlized sexism and fought back. She did not have the privilege of superpowers or extreme wealth or extreme beauty yet she managed to make it to the top of a male dominated profession. The fact that Superman loved her—a woman who was not a supermodel nor privileged—had a powerful message at it’s root about the power and value that we have as women that can be found within.
    Both women are exceptionally important. Both women are beloved and adored by millions of women. Trying to argue (as some people have done here) that one or the other is more beloved is a fruitless, insulting exercise. Both of these women are important and equally valuable and send a different but equal message about power and strength and female dignity.
    I won’t play DC’s game. I won’t shame Lois Lane for being “merely” human nor reduce her worth to the strength of her physical body—as if that ever defines our worth as people or as women. I won’t degrade Diana with gross sex jokes nor will I call her a “homewrecker” as DC set her up to be called on tv.
    I love them both and I won’t play this game. I also won’t read this story and I’ll be back as a reader when it’s over in the hope that the characters are still intact when it’s done.

  • cdog21

    I find nothing entertaining about the SM/WW other than the titillation factor. Any plot with them would be as boring as Superman fighting against a bank robber with a .38.