'Batwoman' writers exit, claiming DC scotched plans for groundbreaking lesbian marriage
DC’s Batwoman is a standout series in the company’s lineup, the rare mainstream comic with a lesbian lead character. In fact, Batwoman got engaged a few months ago to longtime girlfriend/fellow badass Maggie Sawyer. Unfortunately, plans for a historic marriage have been discarded — and, as a result, the book’s main architects have now departed the series.
In a blog post, co-writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman explain that they will leave Batwoman after issue #26. “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,” they explain, noting that the most crushing alteration was that they were “prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married.”
Over on Twitter, Williams has further explained that they had to fight to get the characters engaged but that they were “told emphatically no marriage can result.” He also clarifies that this “was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage.”
DC has released a comment piggybacking off of those tweets, explaining, “As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of Batwoman had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the character.” A further Twitter conversation involving fellow comics writer Gail Simone indicated that the decision from DC was “more of an anti-marriage thing in general,” indicating that DC might just not want to pair off any of their characters, Wedding Album-style. Still, it’s an undeniably disappointing turn for one of DC’s most intriguing current series.