Lynda Carter has marked Pride month by confirming that Wonder Woman was ‘a superhero for bisexuals’.
The legendary actress made the claim in response to trolls who criticised her for sharing a piece of fan art on Twitter, which showed Wonder Woman surrounded by a rainbow flag.
‘Happy Pride!’ Lynda, who famously played the iconic comic book character in the live-action TV series in the 1970s, had written alongside the image earlier this week, as Pride month kicked off.
‘So excited to celebrate with all my LGBTQIA+ friends and fans.’
This led to a series of homophobic responses and a number of followers slamming her for the post and cynically questioning Wonder Woman’s connection to the LGBTQ+ community.
In response to a commenter who wrote that Wonder Woman was ‘not a superhero for gays’, the 70-year-old shot back: ‘You’re right.
‘She’s a superhero for bisexuals!’
She also linked her reply to a 2016 article confirming that the character was ‘canonically queer’.
In a follow-up tweet, she wrote: ‘I didn’t write Wonder Woman, but if you want to argue that she is somehow not a queer or trans icon, then you’re not paying attention.
‘Every time someone comes up to me and says that WW helped them while they were closeted, it reminds me how special the role is.’
The debate over Wonder Woman’s sexuality was previously addressed by comic book writer Greg Rucka, who confirmed that the superhero was in fact a queer character.
He said: ‘When you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira (or Paradise Island, which is a segregated island nation of Amazon women) its due, the answer is, “How can they not all be in same-sex relationships?” Right?
‘It makes no logical sense otherwise.’
He continued, ‘It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily.
‘You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic, and sexual relationship. And the only options are women…
‘Now, are we saying Diana [Wonder Woman] has been in love and had relationships with other women?… the answer is obviously yes.’
Lynda, who recently shared that she’s still trying to come to terms with her late husband’s death, remained undeterred by the criticism.
She continued to celebrate Pride Month with a tweet later in the day about using her superpowers to defend her LGBTQ+ fans from ‘homophobic relatives’.
Despite the trolls, most of her tweets were met with an outpouring of support.
One fan said: ‘When I was a kid, I watched Wonder Woman every time it was on, and then I would spin around and pretend to become Wonder Woman just like [you] did. Thanks for supporting our community!’
Another wrote: ‘Lynda, you’re my hero. My mother and I were just talking the other day about how awesome you are, and you prove it every day. You’re the best.’
The actress recently returned to the franchise by doing a cameo appearance opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984.
She was featured in the film’s end credit sequence as Asteria, a legendary Amazon warrior.
In December fans of DC Comics rejoiced as Wonder Woman was given a girlfriend in the new comic series, Dark Knights of Steel.
This is the first time fans got to see the superhero in a same-sex relationship.