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