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'Batwoman' Writers Quit as DC Comics 'Prohibits' Lesbian Marriage


Back in February we wrote about a groundbreaking revelation in DC Comics' Batwoman — that Kate Kane, the Batwoman, asked Maggie Sawyer, her secret girlfriend, to marry her.

Now it appears that marriage is an especially ill-fated one, as in it's not going to happen, and Batwoman's co-authors J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman are taking that news public and quitting the comic, accusing DC of getting in the way.

BatwomanWrite the authors on their blog:

Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.

We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression.

Williams later clarified via Twitter:

"Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual- We fought to get them engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result...But must clarify- was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage."

Bleeding Cool notes that Batwoman has won two GLAAD awards for its portrayal of gay characters.

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  1. Everyone relax. It's just a funny book.

    Posted by: Fringe Expectus | Sep 5, 2013 10:11:32 PM

  2. I can see them not wanting the two characters to get married, and I'm assuming it's truthful that it was more about not wanting a marriage at all rather than not wanting a gay marriage in particular. The real problem comes with DC's editorial oversight. If the didn't want the wedding thing to happen, they should have put the kibosh on it earlier. But DC's editorial people have been notoriously bad about that kind of thing the last few years. Several different comics creators have left DC titles of the management issues.

    @MO, I think Alan Scott is one of the main characters in the Earth 2 comic, and he is openly gay. Not a solo title, certainly, but he's pretty prominent.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 6, 2013 4:08:47 AM

  3. I want to remind everyone that of the Big 2, DC has always been the one on our side. Batwoman's fiance has been out and (mostly) proud since 1988. Let's wait and here their response before we judge them too much. On the other hand, we should judge them all we want for micromanaging JH Williams III off of Batwoman.

    Fenrox: I think you're referring to Marvel and Jim Shooter's alleged (by Bill Mantlo and Andy Mangels and probably true) "no-gay policy" in the 80s. I haven't heard of DC having a similarly explicit policy and the evidence from the late 80s wouldn't support it.

    Now let's mourn the loss of comics' best artist from its most visibly queer title.

    Posted by: Josh | Sep 6, 2013 8:31:11 AM

  4. Animation is not real. Too bad...

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 6, 2013 10:55:57 PM

  5. That's a relief. Because no one knows how to draw female anatomy.

    Posted by: Ha | Sep 6, 2013 10:57:22 PM

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