Baltimore Comic-Con became the response site for DC Comics after coming underfire for its editors refusal to have a story arc bring about a gay marriage for one of its frontline titular heroes, Batwoman.
It was one of the reasons cited by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman resigned from writing the comic book series.
Co-publisher Dan DiDio responded to the matter during the – panel, according to The Independent.
“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,” he said, according to reports.
A report from CBR covering the panel, DiDio offered some justification for his editors by defending their story concept decisions.
“You wonder what editors do,” he asked rhetorically. “That’s their job. I stand behind that 100%. I stand behind our choices 100%. And I stand behind Batwoman and Kathy Kane—100%.
Back to his original statement, DiDio had continued to underline the protocols on the Batman branches of hero titles.
“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.”
His response came after he assured and clarified the audience that the editors did not curtail a chapter of Batwoman’s alias Kathy Kane marrying Gotham City police detective Maggie Sawyer on the basis of it being a gay wedding.
DiDio’s clarifier was seasoned with a bomb-drop that concerns the long-standing character of Dick Grayson.
CBR goes on to state that at the Baltimore Convention Center the co-publisher was able to announce that Batwoman’s new comic book writer will be Marc Andreyko.
The Baltimore Comic-Con occurred over Sept. 7 and 8.