Last week the writers behind the Batwoman comic books resigned after DC Comics allegedly banned the superhero's lesbian wedding.
J H Williams and W Haden Blackmore said they were "frustrated and angry" in a joint statement claiming they were told at last minute by DC to make several changes, including “most crushingly” being “prohibited” from depicting Caped Crusader/Kate Kane’s marriage to her girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer, a Gotham City police officer.
DC declined to comment when the story first broke but now its co-publisher has responded to the resultant furore by saying that Batwoman can’t get married because “heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives”.
The wedding , which had been expected to be shown on panel following Batwoman’s proposal last February (the first lesbian proposal in the genre’s history), was not pulled due to concerns over the gay marriage debate, Dan DiDio reportedly made clear while speaking at a panel at Baltimore Comic-Con DiDio.
“Heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives. They are committed to being that person and committed to defending others at the sacrifice of their own personal interests,” he said, according to reports.
“That’s very important and something we reinforced. People in the Bat family their personal lives basically suck. Dick Grayson, rest in peace—oops shouldn’t have said that,—Bruce Wayne, Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon and Kathy Kane. It’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s equally important that they set them aside. That is our mandate, that is our edict and that is our stand.”
DC Comics came in for serious criticism earlier this year for hiring the anti-gay marriage activist Orson Scott Card to write a Superman story.
Since Williams and Blackmore resigned DC has hired openly gay Marc Andreyko writer known for the Manhunter series. He will take over Batwoman from issue 25 in December.
Batwoman was launched as a standalone comic in 2010. The character is identified as of Jewish descent and she is famously the highest-profile gay superhero in DC’s history.