In a shocking move, DC Comics has banned the wedding of Batwoman to longtime girlfriend Maggie Sawyer. And the title’s writers, JH Williams III and W. Haden Black, have quit the project, citing editorial interference. The duo gave this statement, via Towleroad:
Unfortunately, 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. 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.
We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.
We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression.
Had the wedding gone through, Batwoman/ Kate Kane would have become the stepmom of Maggie’s daughter. Maggie Sawyer is a police detective.
On Twitter, Williams, one of the most respected writers in comics, the departure from GLAAD award-winning series:
This isn’t the first time DC has lost a writer over LGBT issues, though again J.H. Williams poised his and Black’s departure as editorial differences and sudden changes by DC Comic brass that tossed out plot lines that had been developed over the course of a year.
In May of this year, DC Comics writer Chris Sprouse announced he would be leaving Adventures of Superman. DC had hired Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card to co-write with Sprouse. The noted homophobe and marriage quality hater Card–who donated money to National Organization for Marriage as well as being on that group’s board of director–had also advocated for government overthrow should marriage equality become federally recognized. Sprouse cited media attention as the reason for leaving Adventures of Superman. More like fan pressure:
A petition urging DC to sever ties with Card has garnered over 16,000 signatures on the LGBT activist site All Out.
Comic books provide a sense of impossible becoming possible, and by truncating a story, prohibiting a wedding, DC has made that would smaller and less hopeful.