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Top 5 Superhero Romances

Updated on July 27, 2015

Frank Miller once expressed confusion as to why Superman would fall in love with Lois Lane. Thinking that superheroes should be as epic in their romance as they are in their combat, Miller felt that someone like Superman would have been much more romantically suited for Wonder Woman than a regular human woman. Of course, this statement demonstrates a fundamentally misunderstanding of who Superman is, but there are quite a few instances where superheroes have paired romantically with other superheroes and in many of these, they do make for some fairly epic romances.

Apparently, Geoff Johns, Dan DiDio and Jim Lee don't fully understand Superman either, because he has been in a romantic relationship with Wonder Woman since the beginning of the New 52 continuity, but before I go off on a tangent on that one, let's take a look at five of the most epic superhero romances in comic book history.

Green Arrow & Black Canary

As with any good romantic relationship, Green Arrow and Black Canary have definitely had their ups and downs, mostly stemming from Oliver Queen's apparent inability to keep it in his pants. Through it all, however, Dinah always finds her way back to Oliver, and they did eventually end up getting married. Then, with the New 52 and Dan DiDio's moratorium on marriage - because he's, you know, an idiot - that marriage was dissolved along with every other marriage in the DCU. Now, it looks as though the television series "Arrow" might be shying away from that romance as well, because season 3 ended with Oliver running off with Felicity, who he is now sleeping with. One can only hope that the producers of that show will remember how important this relationship is to comicdom.

Batman and Wonder Woman

This was a romance that began in the "Justice League" animated series, but all of comicdom seemed to stand up and cheer for it. For the same reasons that Superman should never, ever want to have a romantic relationship with someone like Wonder Woman, Batman would absolutely be attracted to who Wonder Woman is and what she represents. At his core, Superman is Clark Kent. He's a regular guy, he would want to settle down and live a regular life with a regular woman. At Batman's core, however, he is Batman. Bruce Wayne doesn't exist. Bruce Wayne is a fiction, fabricated by Batman as a place behind which he can hide in between punching bad guys in the face. Truth be told, Batman doesn't need Bruce Wayne, and he would do away with him in a heartbeat if he could, but Bruce Wayne does serve a purpose in Batman's crusade. To Batman, Bruce Wayne died with his parents. He is Batman and he would seek out a romantic interest worthy of Batman. In this way, Frank Miller understands Batman way better than he ever understood Superman. Batman would be very operatic in his romance, and Wonder Woman would be the person able to offer him that.

Daredevil and Elektra

Daredevil is a little different than both Superman and Batman when it comes to the secret identity thing. He really doesn't have an alter ego. Matt Murdock is just Matt Murdock, whether he's in costume or in the courtroom. Because of this, Daredevil has had meaningful relationships with both regular women and with superhero women. His defining relationship, however, has always been Elektra. Daredevil and Elektra are somewhat kindred spirits, and because of that, they tend to meld well together. Unfortunately the Daredevil movie didn't really do this relationship - or either character, for that matter - justice, but Elektra has been cast for the second season of the Daredevil television series on Netflix, so there is hope that we cold see Daredevil and Elektra done well. I'm not too thrilled on who they cast for Elektra, but that's a rant for another time.

Batman and Catwoman

I can't help but think that Frank Miller was inspired by this pairing when he created Elektra as a love interest for Daredevil. For a long time, Batman and Catwoman were the quintessential superhero romance. As fun as it is to see Batman with Wonder Woman in the Justice League cartoon, it is definitely Catwoman who has always been Batman's soul mate. In many ways, they are two sides of the same coin. Catwoman is often painted as a villain, but she really isn't. If there was anything inherently evil about Catwoman, Batman wouldn't be attracted to her. Catwoman operates very much in her own self interests, whatever those may be. Her self interests may lead her to burglarize some estate of a valuable prize, or they may lead her to team up with Batman to take down the Joker. Catwoman, while she isn't always pure in her actions, is very much pure of heart. Batman sees this, and this pureness of heart is what allows him to see past her misdeeds. It's also the fact that Catwoman is able to act in her own self interests that attracts Batman. Batman would love to be able to act in his own self interests, but he can't. He is bound by obsession to push his own self interests aside to put the promise he made on his parents' graves in the forefront. Bruce Wayne died the night his parents did, and Batman was born, but there has always been this burning desire inside of him for Bruce Wayne to be allowed to be reborn. More than anything, Batman is attracted to Catwoman's ability to be selfish, something he wants more than anything to be able to do, and that is why no matter where Batman's heart drifts, fate will always bring it back to Selina's doorstep.

Green Lantern and Hawkgirl

Another relationship that spun out from the Justice League cartoon, John Stewart and Hawkgirl was a relationship that really resonated with the fans. Green Lantern and Hawkgirl were a fun couple to watch, and their romance was extremely well written for the show. It was handled with a level of maturity that you don't often find in a Saturday morning cartoon, the same with the Batman and Wonder Woman romance. Unfortunately, the relationship was destined to failure. After Hawkgirl betrayed the Justice League out of loyalty to a Thanagarian invasion force, she and Green Lantern ceased being a romantic couple when she quite the League before she could be voted out. John eventually began seeing Vixen romantically, but you could always tell that there was a large part of his heart that still belonged to Shayara and we all shed a little tear for both of them.

There you have it, the five best romantic relationships between superheroes. Did you agree with this list? Anyone you would add? Let me know in the comments section below.

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  • M. T. Dremer profile image

    M. T. Dremer 

    3 years ago from United States

    Very true. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the New 52 eventually phases out the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship in favor of bringing back Lois. Both as a callback and an event comic "The Return of Lois Lane!".

  • William Avitt profile imageAUTHOR

    William Avitt 

    3 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

    Oh, don't get me wrong, Superman would definitely be attracted to Wonder Woman for all the reasons you said. I just don't think he could ever be happy with her long term the way he was with Lois. Diana can't nurture his human side like Lois can

  • M. T. Dremer profile image

    M. T. Dremer 

    3 years ago from United States

    Great list! I completely agree with your logic behind all of these pairings. Though I won't deny that I'm a fan of the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship. They're my two favorite super heroes and the thought of them being together has been appealing since I played the Justice League video game. It was called Justice League Heroes, for the PS2 and there was a space level with Wonder Woman and Superman flying over a spaceship and punching out turrets. It seemed like an epic pairing then, and now.

    Again, I totally agree with your logic for Lois, but I'm just playing Nerd Devil's Advocate. So, while Clark would be attracted to Lois, Kal-El might be attracted to Diana, because they arguably have more in common. Wonder Woman is much closer in power to Superman, and being a hero with impossible weight on her shoulders, she could identify with his struggles in superhero life. And, she is a foreigner in the human world. Clark may have grown up with humans, but part of him will always be a fish out of water, something else that Diana could empathize with. And, often times people are drawn to others based on what they lack. In other words, Superman lost his Kryptonian family, so he might be drawn to the strong family bonds that Wonder Woman has; he might crave it. Though, admittedly, he had a strong human family growing up, I'm just throwing stuff out there.

    But anyway, great hub!

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