View Poll Results: Should the Diana Prince secret identity exist
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Depends on the reason
03-12-2013, 04:20 PM
I get the feeling a lot of people are seeing this and assuming that pretty soon she'll have a day job, a social security number, rent, electric bills, and all the other trappings that go along with a fully fleshed out identity.
But what if "Diana Prince" is just a cover she uses for the times she wants to wander around without being noticed? What if the identity is only as well documented and established as it needs to be for her to go buy dinner somewhere? You dont need much in the way of official paperwork for that. Hell, a college student with a halfway decent computer can cook that much up in a hour.
What if this isnt a "Clark Kent" type of identity but is more of a "Matches Malone" type?
The latter, Im fine with. In fact, I would say Diana should absolutely have something like that to disappear behind once in a while. And so far, that's all this seems to be. Maybe down the line, that will change and she'll go back to being a nurse or super secret spy or whatever.
I myself do not see the need for her to have a fully fleshed out secret identity. She's not Clark Kent or Peter Parker, she doesnt need a day job, she doesnt need to lie to everyone in her life about who she is. That dichotomy works great for some characters, but with Diana, its superfluous. She doesnt need to discover her "humanity" nor does she need to connect with the day-to-day rank and file through the guise of being "one of them" on a daily basis.
So she's got a cover story for going out on dates with Clark, and without doubt it will serve her well if she wants to sneak out for ice cream without drawing a ton of attention. However and whoever put this (back) into play, it can (and likely will) go beyond her dating Clark. That's fine. Its the superhero equivalent of celebrities wearing baggy clothes and sunglasses when they buy groceries.
But so far, thats all her "secret identity" is. And while Diana Prince has some historic value, the question is whether or not her stories are better served by tying her into a day job and all the trappings that go along with it. And thats a question that anyone can answer, but the only one who matters is the one writing her book.
03-12-2013, 05:36 PM
Techncially if she living in a flat in london she most likely had bills to pay. Also what if she did I don't know a Defend class. She wouldn't be lying. I mean she talks to them, she doesn't have to say much on herself.
03-12-2013, 07:47 PM
I have no idea how she pays bills without a secret identity, but seeing as Azzarello is writing her without one, and she has a flat in London, she clearly does somehow.
Perhaps the landlord owes Diana or her people a favor. Maybe its secretly an Amazon safehouse and there is a entire pile of things we have yet to learn about the Amazons and their secret incursion into Man's World to lend their champion support and keep an eye on potential foes.
Maybe Diana took an old vase from home, got to Man's World and sold it for an extraordinary amount of money and is now independently wealthy.
Or perhaps when she arrived, the government set her up with the basics (food, shelter, clothes, ect) and that arrangement, or a version of it, still exists.
03-12-2013, 08:03 PM
As for her teaching a class of somesort....personally I just dont see the need for it. I just dont care for her having a regular secret identity that plays a large role in her life, no matter what.
She's an ambassador to a foreign nation, whether that nation is active within the global community or not. So long as the world knows where she comes from, she is the face and ambassador for her people. That's enough. Every smuck out there has a secret identity and all the same trappings that entails. Having the same does not make Diana any more unique or interesting for having one. It just makes her more like everyone else. And I find that limiting.
For many heroes, its a core aspect of who they are. The secret identity is a way for them to remember who they were, and the life they had before they became what they became. It keeps them grounded. But Diana doesnt need that. There is no single, life changing formative moment that set her on her current path. She's been walking it her whole life, so living among mortals just ends up feeling like a complete and utter, self-serving douche-y lie.
I know many others have a different opinion. According to this poll, Im even in the minority. And thats fine. Im not calling any other opinions wrong, nor am I saying mine is right. This is just how I see things.
04-22-2013, 04:52 PM
Diana had to have some type of Id to rent a Hotel in New York that classy. As well as owning a apartment background check.