The recent controversy over a storyline that would have had Kate Kane (Batwoman) marrying her partner, Gotham City police officer Maggie Sawyer, was clarified by DC co-publisher Dan Didio at Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend:
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.
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.
That’s the official party line and it’s clearly designed to appease those who feel the only reason the two weren’t allowed to be married was because it was a gay marriage. Dan Didio’s reasoning makes a lot more sense, but the decision to pull the plug so late in the storyline has had major consequences.
On that note, DC has chosen to replace departed Batwoman writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman with openly gay writer Marc Andreyko. Although a nice gesture, it’s unlikely to make anyone who feels DC took an anti-gay stance feel much better.