The publisher of DC comics has explained why characters Kate Kane (Batwoman) and her partner, Gotham City police officer Maggie Sawyer, are not allowed to marry each other, less than three days since the controversy sparked outrage online.
Earlier reports state that the marriage between Batwoman and Sawyer would no longer take place at all, let alone be depicted. This decision to forgo the marriage entirely led the creative duo behind Batwoman, J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, to quit.
According to an article on jezebel.com, Batwoman can’t get married because she’s a hero, and, by the enduring logic of all the grimmest and grittiest storylines threading through the perpetually midnight streets of Gotham City, heroes should be miserable. Like, all the time, if possible.
DC co-publisher Dan DiDio, who stood by the decision not to let Batwoman get married, said one of the defining characteristics of a DC hero is that she or he is a miserable wreck of a human with a hollow social life and a tortured psyche. He added:
"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."
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