Writer: Won­der Woman is ‘queer’

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

AN­GELINA Jolie has reached a tem­po­rary agree­ment with Brad Pitt giv­ing her cus­tody of their six chil­dren and grant­ing him vis­it­ing rights, re­ports said over the week­end.

Sev­eral celebrity gos­sip out­lets re­ported that the di­vorc­ing cou­ple were per­suaded to agree to the de­tente by the Los An­ge­les County Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices.

Both will both get one-on-one coun­selling while Pitt has to un­dergo drug and al­co­hol test­ing, TMZ said, de­spite al­ready vol­un­tar­ily sub­mit­ting to a test which came back neg­a­tive.

Jolie will have phys­i­cal cus­tody of the six chil­dren – three of whom are adopted – while Pitt gets a first visit un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a ther­a­pist who will de­cide how to pro­ceed in the com­ing weeks.

“This is a com­pletely vol­un­tary agree­ment, and it is not an or­der or a man­date of any kind, nor is it any de­ter­mi­na­tion of cus­tody,” en­ter­tain­ment web­site Peo­ple quoted an un­named source as say­ing.

It said the plan was ef­fec­tive un­til Oc­to­ber 20 and that the chil­dren would re­main with Jolie at a rented LA house.

Jolie, 41, filed for di­vorce on Septem­ber 19 cit­ing ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences and seek­ing per­ma­nent cus­tody of their chil­dren.

The A-lis­ters – given the celebrity mon­icker “Brangelina” – wed in France in Au­gust two years ago, but had been a cou­ple since 2004.

The FBI has said it is gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion be­fore de­cid­ing whether to launch a fed­eral probe into an al­leged in­ci­dent on a plane car­ry­ing Pitt and his chil­dren back from va­ca­tion in France.

It has not of­fered any de­tails of the al­le­ga­tions but sev­eral US me­dia out­lets re­ported that Pitt had been in­volved in an an­gry out­burst with at least one of his chil­dren.

Celebrity news or­gan­i­sa­tion En­ter­tain­ment Tonight said on Septem­ber 29 that Jolie’s team had brought in well-known cri­sis man­ager Judy Smith – who was the in­spi­ra­tion for Kerry Wash­ing­ton’s char­ac­ter on Scan­dal.

Pitt, mean­while, hired a New York­based strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions firm, along with Bev­erly Hills di­vorce at­tor­ney Lance Spiegel, whose past clients in­clude Eva Lon­go­ria, ET re­ported.

ET quoted a source close to the cou­ple as say­ing the two sides had re­cently been hav­ing “pro­duc­tive dis­cus­sions”.

“The fact that things have qui­eted down is a good sign for ev­ery­one,” the source told the chan­nel.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the cou­ple as well as the Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices Depart­ment did not re­spond im­me­di­ately to a re­quest for com­ment. THE writer of the Won­der Woman comic se­ries has con­firmed the su­per­hero is bi­sex­ual, putting an end to a long-held de­bate on whether she’d had re­la­tion­ships with other women.

Spec­u­la­tion has been rife for many years over the sex­u­al­ity of the Ama­zo­nian princess, who hails from the is­land The­myscira, which is pop­u­lated solely by fe­male war­riors.

Al­though she be­comes ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with a man who washes up on the is­land, sto­ry­lines over the years have im­plied, if not ex­plic­itly stated, that she has also been in love with women.

Greg Rucka, who re­turned to DC Comics this year to craft the “Re­birth” se­ries com­mem­o­rat­ing Won­der Woman’s 75th year in print, told the Comi­cos­ity news web­site Won­der Woman was “queer”.

The word – which has sev­eral def­i­ni­tions – was de­fined by the in­ter­viewer as “in­volv­ing, al­though not nec­es­sar­ily ex­clu­sively, ro­man­tic and/or sex­ual in­ter­est to­ward per­sons of the same gen­der”.

“When you start to think about giv­ing the con­cept of The­myscira its due, the an­swer is ‘how can they not all be in same-sex re­la­tion­ships?’ right? It makes no log­i­cal sense oth­er­wise,” said Rucka, who worked on the char­ac­ter through­out the 2000s.

“You’re sup­posed to be able ... to have a ful­fill­ing, ro­man­tic and sex­ual re­la­tion­ship. And the only op­tions are women. But an Ama­zon doesn’t look at an­other Ama­zon and say, ‘You’re gay.’ They don’t. The con­cept doesn’t ex­ist.”

The an­nounce­ment was mostly wel­comed as good news on so­cial me­dia, al­though not all fans were happy.

“I just found out some peo­ple are ac­tu­ally up­set Won­der Woman is queer. As if – what – you’re para­noid Won­der Woman might not date you?” tweeted Mike Drucker, a tele­vi­sion com­edy writer.

There were no clues to Won­der Woman’s bi­sex­u­al­ity when Warner Bros screened the first trailer for the up­com­ing stand­alone Won­der Woman at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

The Ama­zo­nian hero­ine, played by Gal Gadot, is seen lean­ing over sol­dier Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) af­ter he has washed up on her is­land.

“You’re a man?” she asks him, and he replies, “Yeah, do I not look like one?”

Won­der Woman is sched­uled to hit theatres on June 2, 2017, fo­cus­ing on a char­ac­ter who was in­tro­duced ear­lier this year in the widely-panned Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice.

Photo: EPA

The wax fig­ures of ac­tors Brad Pitt (left) and An­gelina Jolie are ar­ranged with backs turned on each other at Madame Tus­sauds in Ber­lin, af­ter the an­nounce­ment of their di­vorce on Septem­ber 22.

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Won­der Woman, cre­ated in 1939, has been con­firmed as “queer” by writer Greg Rucka, end­ing years of spec­u­la­tion in ad­vance of the up­com­ing movie.

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