Batwoman creative team leave over DC’s refusal to show gay marriage

The proposal from issue #17. Click to enlarge.

The proposal from issue #17.
Click to enlarge.

Well, here’s an interesting development.

It seems that DC editorial has struck again, leading to JH Williams III and co-writer WH Blackman to announce that they will be leaving Batwoman after issue 26.

Here’s their statement;

“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.”

The part in bold is of particular note, as the title has always been a bit of a trailblazer when it comes to its titular character’s sexuality, even winning two GLAAD Awards for its portrayal of Kate Kane.

JH Williams then went on to clarify via Twitter, when asked if the marriage was not allowed to happen at all, or just not to be ‘shown’;

“Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual- We fought to get them engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result.”

So what do we make of this?  It’s not like DC’s been winning a whole lot of fans lately with their treatment of creative teams and heavy-handed editorial decisions, and this is unlikely to improve that perception.

the writer of this piece was:

Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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