Steve Trevor was an officer in the US Army, but possessed no superhuman traits -- didn't fly around with a cape, couldn't see through walls or shoot lasers from his eyes. He was mortal. The relationship between Trevor and Wonder Woman was not only well-developed and believable, but it also brought with it some relatability between the reader and the story. It made Wonder Woman step down for a second and just be Diana, a woman in love with a man, a person in love with a person, and that kind of passion is something we all understand: stripped of all else, it is just so human.
It can be compared to the Superman and Lois Lane relationship in many ways -- a superhero made vulnerable by their love for someone significantly "weaker" -- but not to go too deep into contemplating the place of women in comic books, it was fascinating to watch a female superhero not only be independent and fierce while still being feminine, but also not to be eventually dominated emotionally by a "bigger, stronger man."
Well... until now, I guess.
DC revealed that a romantic storyline between Wonder Woman and Superman is on the way. I've seen the term "power couple" used more than once when looking into it.
That's just so fucking boring.
There's nothing interesting about it (unless they get in a lover's quarrel and fight eachother, in which case I may just read that issue [probably only to be disappointed]) and there's absolutely nothing that will bring me in and capture me emotionally as a reader. All I'll see are two superior beings in love, and I'll just hang out here on my little lousy lilypad in the middle of a murky, mortal swamp of Not Worthiness. I'll see this strong, fast, flight-capable woman-shaped goddess who was miraculously made out of clay on an island full of strong, mythical Amazonian women fall in love with this super-strong, orphaned alien from a planet that was brutally destroyed that no one on Earth has ever really heard of yet due to their inferior underdevelopment, who can fly faster than fucking bullets and hear things from a million miles away and has x-ray, heat-emitting, telescopic, infra-red, and microscopic vision (whatever the hell those are all good for). Naturally, these two should be together! Suck it, Steve Trevor and Lois Lane! You two are just so... average!
I mean, I really just can't bring myself to give two shits about whatever foundation they scramble to build for this relationship to take root. My emotional ties have pretty much been cut from these characters; why should I care?
I'm disappointed. It's a publicity stunt that I'm not falling for. Like, of course they're hooking up, of course. Why not try something a little riskier, DC? Something not so completely predictable and unimaginative? Something not totally lame?
Maybe eventually they'll have a threesome with Batman and that kind of collision of all three members of DC's Trinity will, oh, I don't know, vibrate the fabric of reality and completely alter continuity. Wouldn't be too far-fetched...
Meh. Sometimes comics can be bloody awful. I guess that's the case with most things, though... looks like I'm on the grump train today. C'est la vie!