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Batwoman Authors Exit, DC Bans Gay Marriage
September 5, 2013, 3:49 pm

Co-authors J.H. Wiliams and W. Haden Blacken recently announced that after issue #26 of DC Comic's Batwoman in December they will be exiting their roles on the series. The reasoning has been linked, at least in part, due to creative differences centering around a directive against allowing a same-sex marraige storyline. In a report first noted in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday the team wrote:

"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," they wrote. "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."

Williams and Blackman said they reached the decision to leave DC Comics because "the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry" and prevented them from "telling the best stories we can." 

In further clarification J.H. Williams added that the directive was not only to not SHOW the marriage, but that it could not take place at all. Back in February Batwoman featured the first mainstream lesbian engagement.



So this is my question: Does this development effect your opinions about DC Comics or the Batwoman series itself?



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  • walker2
    Well, I'm certainly not going to be buying any more issues until I hear the series is once again in good hands.

    Beyond that, I'm not sure I believe this is the full story. As is often the case in this industry. What if DC had other plans for Croc? What if they felt like a wedding was too soon?

    I'm just reminded of the time when Alan Scott's lover was fridged after the proposal. Who's to say this wouldn't happen the moment another writer decided they were bored of Maggie? Character development is great in comics, but sometimes the long view is important. Morrison got to kill Damian, but look at the ramifications it has had on other books. Why SHOULDN'T DC want to use that character again in the way they choose?
    Reply  ·  6 years ago
  • Drumanespic
    I have officially lost track of the ever extending roll-call of credible creatives who have 'walked' from DC over the past two years.

    In this instance, what I'm not clear on is DC's reasoning for saying 'No' to a fictional gay marriage. Are they looking out for their redneck audience? I guess we might never know.

    It's my impression that J.H. Williams is not the type to baulk at a note or two from DC Editorial.

    Exaspertion seems to be the theme of the day and I am really, really tired of reading these nigh monthly 'I've had enough . . .' missives from a much admired creative.

    I'm very down on DC at the moment. Their editorial policy sucks. Nearly all the villains' mont titles out this week suck. None are particularly good. I am down to 3 x ongoing monthly tirles
    In January there were 20 on my pull list.

    As for this title, I dropped it after Williams' last stint on art duties. I am so glad I did.

    Reply  ·  6 years ago
  • PNeafsey
    Walker2 and Drumanespic make good points. For a personal note, I'm not laying blame, this is a news piece in motion and we may never know the full story. I just want to gather peoples impressions, especially if news like this sways anyone's habits.
    Reply  ·  6 years ago