The co-authors of the DC Comics title “Batwoman” say they are going to leave the company because they were not allowed to incorporate a plotline involving the lesbian wedding of the main character. J.H Williams and W. Haden Blackman will depart from the company in December because of “creative difficulties with DC Comics.”
In the comic, Kate Kane (Batwoman) leaves the U.S. Military Academy because of allegations of her being gay. Needless to say, it is a central theme of the comic and not one the authors want to give up on willingly.
Williams and Blackman went on their blog to explain the decision to leave DC, The Inquisitr reported.
“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 wrote. “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.”
After the announcement about their departure, Williams took to Twitter to thank supporters: “Those who follow me know I try to reply to everyone, but so emotionally overwhelmed right now. Your support has brought me to tears.”
LGBT-rights group Glaad, formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has praised the comic for its decision to feature an openly gay hero and even gave the series the “Outstanding Comic Book” award in 2012.