Q:I was wondering if superman and wonder womans relationship starts in new 52, or if it had started before the reboot. I'm trying to find the point where Clark completely gives up in Lois and is involved with diana.
Superman and Wonder Woman in old canon were shown to be very attracted to each other when they met and had a one date that really wasn’t a date. In Action 600 Darkseid messed it up and they decided to keep it platonic. In short they never really tried. But they grew closer and became best friends and there were stories showing on and off unresolved feelings. But that was all it was. DC married Clark to Lois in canon. Whatever romance Clark and Diana had was played out in Elseworlds and Alternate timelines. They even got married and had children. eg, Kingdom Come.
The romance going on now in comics started with the new 52.
It is very difficult to have consistent timelines in the new 52 especially when writers tend to do their own thing and we had a 5 year jump but we think giving up was more a progressive thing over a period of time, same as Diana with Steve. In reality, that’s how it works too. You transition from one relationship to another. It does not happen overnight. Clark was not even in a relationship like Diana was so it’s two different scenarios as well.
Clark had a crush on Lois when he came to Metropolis at age 22 established in Superman and Action Comics. She viewed him more as a good friend along with Jimmy she could hang with while she dated other people. Diana was dating Steve from age 18. Clark and Diana were younger and obviously had some growing to do. When they met each other, in JL#3 it was clear there was attraction but of course that was all that it could be. Since Diana was more than likely with Steve and even if Clark was single, nothing much he could do about it. The two would have worked together for 5 years. We have not been privy to that but we know by JL#12 Clark seemed to some greater connection and caring to Diana than the other members. It’s why he always seemed more concerned for what was going on with her, eg in the battle with Graves and perhaps why they both felt comfortable enough to open up to each other on the Lincoln Memorial.
Diana had broken up with Steve a year before their kiss and Clark had a chance to tell Lois his secret as well around the same time-frame but he opted not to. Lois was not too cut up about it since she never really looked at Clark in any romantic way and she met Jon Carroll.
The kiss we think was a pivotal moment making Clark see something worth trying for. But it was not the moment. Recall Diana flew away and they did not get to address it until two weeks later.
Diana did not push Clark for anything and he could have easily said to her it was a mistake. But he did not. Neither did she.
Clark seemed to make up his mind in Justice League #14. That we think is the moment, if we could pin point a moment. Because there is a shift in his mindset about not getting involved with anyone because he needs to protect them etc. With Diana, he was willing to bare himself. Reveal all. Not run away.
In a way he subverted all the old cliches about Clark/Superman when in romances with women in the past. What made the difference for him here? Diana? Timing? He’s a little older and wiser? Possibly all of them. But he made up his mind. And taking her to Smallville to share that part of himself as a man speaks volumes.
An awesome speed drawing of new 52 Superman.
New 52 Wonder Woman
Battle armor by Cliff Chiang.
This design was out since last year btw.
From Action Comics 23.2 Zod
Anyone intending to pick up the Superman/Wonder Woman series might be interested in taking this up because General Zod is a teased villain for that first arc.