Who is Steve Trevor?
There have been many supporting characters in the world of comic books that have gone on to become as integral to the universe their living in as the main characters themselves. What I’m saying is that these properties do not simply exist as just mere foils for their respective main characters, but are the kind of characters that have enough back story and importance to merit them with a title of their own. In that regard, Steve Trevor is one that has become an icon in Wonder Woman’s corner of the DC Comics universe although I will have to admit that the character has yet to make its big break. Shut your filthy nerd mouth for a second and let me explain.
What I’m saying here is that, yes, Steve Trevor is one of the most important supporting cast members within Diana of Themyscira’s whole fictional biography, but he is no Dick Grayson. All right, that comparison is a bit unfair, considering that Dick Grayson is a property that’s more or less a main character right from the beginning; he’s been in the limelight ever since he first donned the red and greens, and the fairy boots. A more apt comparison would be by saying that Steve Trevor is unlike Superman’s primary love interest, Lois Lane (say what you want about their not being an item in current continuity and I’ll just flip you off) or perhaps Alfred Pennyworth himself. You see, Lois Lane, in spite of being primarily created as a character that simply serves the purpose of being “Superman’s gal” has become such a pillar in the Superman mythos that she even had at one point managed to get her own solo series. On the other hand, Alfred is as much a household name as the batmobile despite not having a series in which he’s the headliner. When looking at Wonder Woman’s own slice of the DC universe pie, though, Steve Trevor’s not exactly the first thing that comes to mind.
This pretty much applies to the Amazon goddess’ whole section of the DCU. Characters like Steve Trevor or Etta Candy, as important as they are to Wonder Woman’s history, have been relatively overshadowed by other properties. The reason for that is pretty simple, too: the Wonder Woman franchise has been grossly underrepresented throughout various media for so long. Just knowing that this year’s movie starring Gal Gadot would be the Themysciran warrior-princess’ first outing on the big screen says a lot. Up until now, Diana Prince (WW’s secret identity) has been an iconic property but one whose stories have yet to be fully explored.
To be fair, though, DC Comics have made some effort over the years in bringing Steve Trevor more popularity by having him appear in various books as part of ensembles. Still, those initiatives have yet to give him the attention he deserves. Hey, maybe one of these days, right?
Then again, maybe it’s good to place Steve in the sidelines for now, since I myself am a hardcore Wonder Woman/Batman ‘shipper.
Oh, you didn’t know about that? Noob.