‘Batwoman’ Authors Quit, Claim DC Comics ‘Prohibited’ Lesbian Wedding
Batwoman co-authors, J.H Williams and W. Haden Blackman have quit DC Comics after they allegedly prohibited the lesbian wedding of the character.
The pair say in their blog that they will leave in December, after the 26th issue is released, due to “creative difficulties with DC Comics”.
The series for the female dark crusader, was re-launched in 2010, as a stand alone piece. The story tells of the former US Military Academy member who was forced to leave because of allegations of her being gay.
When confronted by the choice of hiding her true sexuality or leaving the Academy, Kate Kane (Batwoman) decides to quit.
Late Wednesday night Williams and Blackman took to their blog to explain their departure from DC,
“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.”
The pair add that they understand the Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC Comics and they vow to bring the series to a “satisfying end”.
In the 17th issue of the series Kane proposes to her girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer, which is a groundbreaking event in the comic book world, as it marked the first lesbian wedding proposal in history.
The series has been a champion for gay rights since the start and was awarded Outstanding Comic Book by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in 2012.
Williams took to Twitter to thank supporters,
Those who follow me know I try to reply to everyone, but so emotionally overwhelmed right now. Your support has brought me to tears–
— J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013
DC Comics reps have not commented on the allegations from the authors of Batwoman, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.