Should Wonder Woman and Superman be a couple? DC has the answer ... again

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Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular excerpt (Image credit: Evan 'Doc' Shaner/Clayton Cowles (DC))

Wonder Woman and Superman are two of the most prominent superheroes in the world - but how would they get along as a couple? That question is asked (and answered) in the October 5 anthology Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (opens in new tab) in the story 'Dated' by Tom King and Evan 'Doc' Shaner.

Yes, it's about a blind date between Wonder Woman and Superman - or rather Clark Kent and Diana Prince - set up by none other than Lois Lane.

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The story is set in 1969 during a time, DC continuity-wise, where Lois didn't know Clark was Superman, and didn't know Diana was Wonder Woman. Lois just knew them as her co-worker at The Daily Planet and the owner of Lois' favorite clothing store, Di's Boutique. 

The story itself pays homage to the 1971 comic World's Finest #204 (opens in new tab), where the two DC heroes are set-up on a date not by Lois, but by a super-computer from the future. In that situation (and spoilers for this new story), Clark and Diana decide they are better off as friends.

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Superman and Wonder Woman are in some ways equivalent to the most popular two people in school that everyone thinks would be a power couple and would be a shoo-in for homecoming king and queen, but have never quite been a perfect romantic fit.

But that's not for lack of trying.

The idea of a Wonder Woman/Superman romantic relationship is something that has been touched upon repeatedly - from a fake engagement (in 1974's Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #136 (opens in new tab)), all the way down to a maligned love spell (1981's DC Comics Presents #32 (opens in new tab)). In 1983's Wonder Woman #300 (opens in new tab), Diana is even found pondering what if she would've married Superman. There's even that powerful platonic kiss in 'For The Man Who Has Everything' (in 1985's Superman Annual #11 (opens in new tab)).

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The teased romance (and in some cases, relationship complete with children) has been followed through in several alternate realities such as in Kingdom Come (opens in new tab), Distant Fires (opens in new tab), and Frank Miller's iconic The Dark Knight saga.

In DC's main continuity, the (super) power couple actually hooked up in 2012's Justice League #12 (opens in new tab) - and went on to have a three-year romance before going their separate ways.

Although they are no more, the Wonder Woman/Superman pairing makes our list of the best superhero couples in comics. 

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)