New Superman/Wonder Woman Selfie Variant Released

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DC Comics has been releasing themed variant covers since the start of 2014, and their latest theme for August has been selfies.  Several covers have already been released.  The latest cover was released via Twitter by artist Tony Daniel starring DC’s would-be power couple Superman and Wonder Woman.  It’s cute in the way that — DC believes — fans want, but comes off more ridiculous than anything else.

Wonder Woman Superman Selfie Variant Cover, DC, 2014, Tony DanielFrom the lipstick smacked kisses smeared all over Superman’s face, to the cheesy smiles and pose, the variant is reminiscent of those corny Facebook couples that spam their friends feeds.

Could this variant cover be cute, endearing, and flail-worthy? Yes, if it were almost any other couple. As it stands, the cover doesn’t suit the personalities of either character, and fans still haven’t warmed up to this particular pair-up.

For the new hardened Superman, it’s a little hard to see him flying along and stopping to pose for a cute selfie with the also pretty hardened Wonder Woman.

In some of the other variants, such as Harley Quinn’s, the “selfie” poses suit the character andcome off as charming, rather than forced. Which is, unfortunately, how the new Superman/Wonder Woman cover comes off.

DC has been pushing Wonder Woman and Superman’s couple status since the start of the New 52. The reactions have been less enthusiastic.

Superman and Lois Lane’s relationship is one of pop culture legend, spanning decades. In the new continuity, Clark and Lois are merely friends; writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee have stated that “the two have never dated, nor are they likely to.”

Given the history behind Superman and Lois Lane it’s understandably hard for longtime fans to connect with the idea of them paired off with any other characters. Another factor against them is that the pairing comes off as lackluster. The two most powerful people on Earth hook up because they’re the most powerful people on Earth? Not exactly the romance of a century.

Popular tumblr blog DC Woman Kicking A**  had this to say after reviewing issue one of their team-up title:

“In the end, however, we still don’t have a sense of what it is that brings these two together other than editorial mandate.”

This cover comes off as an insincere attempt to further endear the couple to fans who have rejected the idea. Aiming for young and hip by having them pose for a cute selfie is an attempt make them appear relatable.

Superman and Wonder Woman might have worked well as a couple, even as a fleeting thing, pre-reboot. They were friends, the romance and attraction between them had been played around with before, and they had a long history of support, loyalty, love, and caring between them. In the New 52 Wonder Woman and Superman have none of that–and fans haven’t had a chance to see them develop something close to it.

The themed variants are one of DC’s better ideas, but not all themes suit all the characters in question.

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Desiree Rodriguez is currently majoring in Converged Communications. She's a writer, geek girl, and proud queer mestiza woman. Desiree is an entertainment writer for The Tempest, and contributor for Nerds of Color. Desiree has written for The Young Folks, The Feminist Wire, and Geeked Out Nation.

5 Comments

  1. The selfie cover didn’t really bother me bc I actually do think it’s a picture that might have suited them when they were best friends pre new 52. They had that bother/sister vibe that felt totally natural. Remove the stupid lipstick and its actually cute.

    The romance is forced as hell. But their friendship is and was great. I miss that a lot. I also really miss Lois and Clark. This kind of cutesy kissy cover actually suited those two cuties a lot more.

  2. I could have been interested in this relationship, if Wonder Woman hadn’t basically been introduced as the hawt chick all the pending Justice League boys except Batman were drooling over the moment she appeared. This forced pairing and these cutesie pics just add to the belief that this is just a gimmick with the writers having no actual idea how relationships work.

  3. The image is great. The pairing is fantastic. Why the hate? DC has the balls to try something new and I’m surprised by the amount of people who are closed minded to this new dynamic relationship. Readers who hated the pairing from the beginning will find things to pick at. Their relationship feels forced? It’s just the beginning! Of course it’s gonna be awkward. Lois is an arrogant whiny *****. So what if they were together for 70 years. I’m going to enjoy the ride while it lasts cause I know DC will cower to the old boys club and return Clark to his boring irritating old love interest. But for now, Cliana forever!

    • Claire Napier on

      You can’t deny that “Cliana” sounds unattractively similar to “cloaca” tho

    • Victoria, You don’t show a lot of self awareness on a website dedicated to feminism and empowerment for women. But thanks for confirming every stereotype about the kind of people—both male and female–who support this relationship.

      By the way, Lois Lane is the first woman of comics. She is a woman in a man’s job saying and doing things we don’t often let women say or do. By calling her a “whiny b****” you align yourself with sexism and do not align yourself with anything that has anything to do with Wonder Woman. I’m sorry that people find what you like to be problematic. Such is life.