Batwoman Writers Announce Exit Due to DC Saying No to Lesbian Marriage, DC Responds
This week a media firestorm occurred because Batwoman’s writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman announced they will be leaving Batwoman. If you are reading Batwoman, that in itself is enough to get the internet in a tizzy, but their explanation of why they are leaving really set the internet on fire. In a recent blog post that has since disappeared J.H. said “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.” The most devastating demand from DC was that they “prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married.” After J.H. posted this online, needless to say many blogs started talking about it and soon enough the news took it and the story went global.
On Twitter, J.H explained how he had to fight hard just to get DC to allow the proposal (Issue 17 & again in 23). The story got a life of its own with people assuming DC is anti marriage equality. The problem with that assumption is that recently DC chose to pay off the horrifically anti-gay Ender’s Game writer and board member of the National Organization for Marriage Orson Scott Card to not publish his work. Do not get me started on how disgusting he is. Granted DC hired him to write a new Superman comic book but eventually caved and his stories never saw print due to the massive boycott DC was facing over working with Card. Former Wonder Woman writer and current Batgirl writer Gail Simone Tweeted that she does not believe DC is anti gay marriage but just anti any marriage. This does seem to be true since DC did recently dissolve the marriage of Superman and Lois Lane, the marriage of the Flash as well as several others. DC seems to like their heroes single. Maybe its just a preference to keep characters seem young or maybe editorial does not have imagination on how having a partner of any gender can strengthen their characters and add real dimension to them. Batwoman first appeared in 2006 (before the New 52 relaunch) and DC had a huge firestorm regarding her open sexuality. Conservative groups attacked DC claiming they were trying to turn children gay and influence the youth of America, because you know one gay super hero out of thousands sure will influence all those kids right? DC, to my extreme happiness, fought back claiming being a lesbian does not define who Batwoman is but it is a part of who she is as a character. DC never seemed to try and capitalize off of the character being gay and seemed to want more diversity in their characters that actually reflects the real world. In addition, DC has released statements supporting 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.”
Unfortunately DC has decided, at least for now, to not allow Batwoman to marry Maggie Sawyer. I am not happy J.H & W. Haden will be leaving Batwoman. I think I was actually more upset when J.H announced he no longer had time to draw the series (all images in this article). This is a sad turn of events but today DC announced that openly gay writer Marc Andreyko is the new writer of Batwoman starting with issue 25, with a new storyline as part of the Batman universe and a Zero Year issue. Marc is known for his 38 issue run of Manhunter. It seems DC might have taken away the final issue of J.H’s run on Batwoman as well or just did not know the final issue they were writing. Tune in to see what happens and go back and read issues 1-23 because they are pretty fantastic.