Batwoman writers quit after superhero's wedding 'prohibited'
"Heroes shouldn't have happy personal lives," he said about why the comic book character's planned marriage was blocked. "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."
Original story: J.H. Williams III and W.H. Blackman, co-authors of the Batwoman comic book, announced today that they are leaving the title after citing interference from the DC Comics editorial board. They will be leaving the book after Issue #26, which ships in December.
@andykhouri Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual- We fought to get them engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result.-- J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013
Rucka left DC in 2010, and Williams took up co-writing duties as well as art, teaming with Blackman for Batwoman in 2012 as part of DC Comics's "New 52" reboot of all its major comic book titles.
This isn't the first comic book marriage DC has nixed in recent years. As part of its New 52 wiping away of previous storylines, Superman a.k.a. Clark Kent's marriage to Lois Lane was removed from continuity.
DC Comics responded on Twitter, saying that the decision not to marry Batwoman and Smith had nothing to do with their sexual orientation.
As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of BATWOMAN (pt 1)-- DC Comics (@DCComics) September 5, 2013
had nothing to do with the character's sexual orientation. (pt 2)-- DC Comics (@DCComics) September 5, 2013
@IamAsianBatgirl Thank you! Never be ashamed of who you are.-- J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013
Just wanted to say again I'm OVERWHELMED by the support. I'm reading it all but it's so much I can't respond to it all but THANK YOU SO MUCH-- J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013
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