September 10, 2013

By now, we all know about Batwomangate, in which DC forbade the marriage of Batwoman Kate Kane to her fiancée Maggie Sawyer — causing co-writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman to quit the series. DC has been in recovery mode, and DC co-publisher Dan DiDio tried to explain the situation. Here’s why he was still completely wrong.

Here’s how DiDio defended DC’s decision at a panel at this past weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con (courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter):

"They put on a cape and cowl for a reason. They're committed to defending others — at the sacrifice of all their own personal instincts. That's something we reinforce. If you look at every one of the characters in the Batman family, their personal lives kind of suck…

Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon, and Kathy Kane — it’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s also just as important that they put it aside as they know what they are accomplishing as the hero takes precedence over everything else. That is our mandate, that is our edict, that is our stand with our characters."

Okay. Let me say I truly believe that Dan DiDio truly believes that its important to keep DC’s superheroes unmarried — to keep the focus of their books on their superheroics instead of their relationships. For a superhero company, that sounds pretty sensible.

Except it’s not.