HOPE: BUILDING ON DIVERSITY
The highlight of DC’s DCYou initiative was how it expanded the diversity of DC’s books in an intersectional fashion. There were more books with people of color, more books with female leads, more books with LGBT leads, and it didn’t feel forced. DCYou felt like the natural progression of superhero comics that we should have seen about five years ago. Catwoman came out, Harley came out, and Cyborg finally got an ongoing series after thirty-five years.
From what we know about DC Rebirth, Midnighter and Catwoman no longer have ongoings, and while they may still be around, it’s a step backwards in terms of DC’s diversity. So we want to see better representation across the board, in terms of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, faith, and more. We want Bumblebee as a Titan, not stay-at-home mother. We want Kate Spencer on Birds of Prey. Heck, we want to see Apollo on the Justice League of America.
So what can DC do, based on the books we’ve already seen announced? Well, for one, it’s way past time that DC acknowledged Wonder Woman as a queer woman, and one of comics' highest profile LGBT characters. Marguerite Bennett is currently writing a queer Diana in DC’s Bombshells, so we know DC is at least open to the concept. Let’s take it all the way.