Great Caesar’s ghost!
Comic book fans are about to be shocked in a single bound by the sight of Superman locking lips with his Justice League comrade Wonder Woman in a new issue of the comic book out Wednesday.
It’s unclear how mere mortals in the comic book universe will take to the idea of the Man of Steel being part of a power couple — instead of with humble scribe, Lois Lane.
“If you change anything from the length of a cape to the shape of a belt buckle, there’s always some fan that notices and is appalled,” Jim Lee, DC co-publisher and the arist on “Justice League #12,” told the News.
“We’re very lucky to have a very passionate fan base.”
Not everyone, though, cozies up to the idea of the Man of Steel dating the hot-pants wearing Amazon popularized by the 1970s TV show starring Lynda Carter.
“I don’t think they make a good couple,” said Nick Purpora, general manager for Jim Hanley’s Universe, a comic store in midtown Manhattan. “One’s a warrior and one’s a farmboy from Kansas,”
But the Man of Steel isn’t cheating on long-time love Lois Lane, who creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster debuted at the same time as Superman in 1939’s “Action Comics #1.”
Wonder Woman and Superman in Justice League #12.
The new storyline comes out of DC Comics’ reboot of its whole universe last year. Clark Kent has yet to be romantically linked to Lane, his coworker at the Daily News-esque Daily Planet. So the door has been left wide open for him to share the Fortress of Solitude with a gal who’s also more powerful than a locomotive.
“It’s not a stunt,” says Lee. “It wasn’t just about changing things from the past, it was really about giving us great opportunities to do things we haven’t been able to do before.”
And Match.com endorsed the pairing through a semi-serious compatability profile that found the heroes make “a classic match of high-testosterone male and the high-estrogen female.”
“It could work out,” said Mike Cotton, editor in chief of comic news magazine Champion! “It’s the most iconic male character and the most iconic female character in that universe.”