Co-writers leave ‘Batwoman’ due to clash with DC about lesbian marriage?

Sparks are flying, but not because love is in the air. Recently, writers J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman wrote a blog post indicating their exit from the comic Batwoman, a relaunch series in which under the Batwoman cowl is Kate Kane, who’s a lesbian. Seems like DC wasn’t too happy about the direction of Batwoman to the point they forbid them from showing the upcoming wedding of Kate and partner Maggie Sawyer, among other changes. Seeing as the two had planned out 5 story arcs prior to beginning the first issue, the changes infuriated the two to the point of leaving the comic. Sad news among fans of the comic, since without the two main writers, the story could lead in the direction DC wants it to.

An excerpt from their post:
“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.”

After the introductory issue in 2010 and full launch in 2011, Batwoman has shown DC’s willingness to explore Gay/Lesbian storylines. The departure of the two writers could mean that DC is either holding back a bit, or just not willing to push beyond Kate Kane just being a lesbian. Issue #17 proved to be a huge milestone for DC since Kate Kane proposed to Maggie, a first in comics. But without its main writers, this important event could just be thrown into the wind with nothing coming from it. Denying the readers from the wedding is not about right or wrong, not about political correctness. It’s about alienating us from connecting with the characters.

Please note, the upcoming portion is solely based on my opinion.

As a married man myself, I would hate to hear the upcoming events being changed due to DC pushing aside the relationship of Kate and Maggie because they are getting married. That’s how I connect with the characters since I was overjoyed marrying my wife. It’s a feeling I cannot explain, but many of us (gay or straight) have felt. They are basically saying “we accept she’s a lesbian, but they can’t get married.” I just don’t really know how to feel about this. Is this similar to how people were really treated here in CA with the passing of Prop 8, which denied same sex marriages? In a way, it isn’t, but to me it feels the same. Restricting stories based on moral values is just as bad as passing laws based on the same values. People will relate to Kate and Maggie and may have the same feeling of being denied just because of their sexuality. And on top of that, how will DC restrict their marriage? Breakup? Just never get to it? Death? It’s hard to imagine the route they will take, but now it’s in the hands of new writers, possibly ones more willing to do what DC wants.

I’m a firm believer of letting progression takes its course. J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman have fleshed out a story that makes sense their way. To change the path they have created is one thing, but changing or forcing a subject to never be achieved is another, especially when it’s denying a great event as marriage. Maybe I’m looking too much into this, seeing as most may see them as just works of fiction. But even in fiction, stories progress, people live, love, and die.

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