'Batwoman' Comic Writers Quit After DC Comics Nixes Same-Sex Marriage Plot
DC Comics has put the kibosh on Batwoman co-authors J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman's plans to have their lesbian protagonist, Kate (Batwoman), marry her fiancee.
The duo writes on their personal 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.
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 tweeted:
"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."
What is DC Comics rationale behind preventing these two gay characters from getting married? Would a marriage simply limit story potential or is there something more homophobic at play?