The comic industry has long been an underrated supporter of marriage equality and LGBT rights, but some new developments suggesting otherwise have caused the Batwoman editorial team to hang their hats and call it quits.
Citing DC’s refusal to allow Kate Kane—the Batwoman—to marry her secret girlfriend Maggie Sawyer, J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman announced last night that December’s Issue 26 will be their last.
Williams said the decision “was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage,” but we’re pretty sure you can’t get any more anti-gay than vetoing a lesbian’s gay wedding (especially after two proposals!).
Alas, Williams and Blackman released a statement outlining even more beef they have with publishers, including a number of eleventh-hour editorial changes:
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.
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.
Both Williams and Blackman go on to say they’re “heartbroken,” as are many fans. The news is only less than a day old, and already DC has been shredded by a number of comic book enthusiasts, including io9’s Rob Bricken.
“I thought DC was only refusing to allow the wedding to take place on panel,” he said this morning, “partially because I couldn’t comprehend DC would not allow the character to get married. But as Williams’ tweet above shows, I was wrong. This is completely insane, and it goes well beyond DC’s refusal to publicize an in-universe, homosexual character’s proposal to her partner.”
In tomorrow’s news, expect lots of Batwoman-themed comic weddings.