Writers Quit 'Batwoman' Comics in Dispute Over Lesbian Superhero THR
The "Batwoman" comic book series has become embroiled in controversy after two co-authors, J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman, wrote on a blog post that they were quitting after DC forbade Kate Kane (Batwoman) from marrying her girlfriend, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The blog post in which the writers announced their departure was listed as "unavailable" Thursday morning.
"Batwoman" was refreshed in 2010, becoming a stand-alone series that tracked Kate Kane, a member of the U.S. Military Academy who leaves in order to be honest about her sexual orientation, the story notes.
According to THR, the writers wrote on their blog post, "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 added, "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 news comes after "Batwoman" broke ground in February with an issue that included Kate proposing to Maggie. It was the first lesbian wedding proposal in mainstream comic history, the story notes.
A DC representative didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, the piece adds.