DC Comics has taken a lot of flak recently regarding their decision to hire Orson Scott Card, an avid opponent of the LGBT community, to work on the Adventures of Superman comic. A number of comic book retailers have made statements saying that they will not carry the comic, set to release May 29, if it is penned by Card.
“BATWOMAN #17″ SPOILERS AHEAD.
Enter Batwoman. Reintroduced in the DC Universe in 2006 as a lesbian crime fighter, it seems that Batwoman is getting married.
Last week in “Batwoman #17,” the masked hero proposed to her police captain girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer.
DC, who hasn’t been largely publicizing the event, stands to gain a lot from the big reveal. The proposal could easily take a lot of heat off the company for their decision to hire Card on the Adventures of Superman, but was this move planned by Batwoman writers W. Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III, or was it a strategic response to the Card controversy?
For the answer, we go to the twitter page of Williams: “We feel the ending [the proposal in Batwoman #17] really began in 16, so we used almost 2 issues for it.”
Issue #16 of Batwoman was released before the Card controversy broke out and this tweet seems to imply that the proposal was the pure decision of the Batwoman writers. Still though, the suspicion remains.
Whether or not the proposal will tame the anger being felt at DC remains to be seen. Regardless, the movement does show renewed commitment to equality on the part of at least some of the DC staff.
Next, let’s turn our attention to the Earth-2 Green Lantern Alan Scott.
The character was made homosexual during the New 52 reboot, perhaps as a way to pay homage to his gay son he had in previous continuities.
So with DC still reeling from the Card controversy, the status of Alan Scott, the second most popular homosexual character in the DC universe, is called into focus. Will he be affected in any major ways? All eyes will be on DC in the coming months.