Towleroad reported today that “Batwoman” writers J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman have quit working for DC Comics over what they see as unfair editorial practices. The pair claims that DC Comics forbid them from ever allowing Batwoman to marry her lesbian fiancé. The comic received tons of press and two GLAAD awards for the same-sex engagement.
This is the second LGBT controversy to embroil DC Comics over the last year. The company came under fire for hiring anti-gay hate group leader and sci-fi writer Orson Scott Card to write an online comic titled “The Adventures of Superman.” The company later dropped the planned issue after no artist would sign on to work with the Mormon writer, but DC Comics refused to address the concerns of the LGBT community. Orson Scott Card has been in the news lately as the subject of a boycott over his film "Ender's Game."
On their blog the writers said, “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.”
DC Comics has not issued a statement regarding their ban on Batwoman marrying her lesbian fiance. If the way DC handled their Orson Scott Card dilemma is any sign LGBT "Batwoman" fans should not hold their breath for a response.