Marc Andreyko has been confirmed as the new writer of Batwoman. He will be replacing the team of J.H. Williams III and W.H. Blackman who quit over a dispute over whether or not Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, would marry her fiancee Maggie Sawyer.
DC Comics has been having trouble with the issue. By and large, DC is opposed to having their characters get married, and it was a major battle just to get Batwoman engaged to someone. DC Comics has insisted that they are not opposed to same-sex marriage and that this has nothing to do with discrimination.
In hiring Andreyko, DC Comics seems to be trying to underline this point. Not only is Andreyko a fan favorite, but he is openly gay. Andreyko announced that “Yes, it’s true: I’m the new writer of Batwoman! And, as I prepare for the interweb onslaught, a few things: I ADORE J.H. Williams and Greg Rucka and Haden Blackman and the great characters they’ve created so lovingly.”
He went on to say that “I am taking this job very seriously and hope to do right by Kate, Maggie, Bette and the rest of the cast. This all happened very quickly, so I’m trying to catch my breath and let it sink in.”
Williams and Blackman wrote on their site that “From the moment DC asked us to write Batwoman — a dream project for both of us — we were committed to the unofficial tagline ‘No Status Quo.’ We felt that the series and characters should always be moving forward, to keep changing and evolving. In order to live up to our mantra and ensure that each arc took Batwoman in new directions, we carefully planned plotlines and story beats for at least the first five arcs well before we ever wrote a single issue. We’ve been executing on that plan ever since, making changes whenever we’ve come up with a better idea, but in general remaining consistent to our core vision.”
They went on to write that “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.”
DC Comics responded by stating that “As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of BATWOMAN had nothing to do with the character’s sexual orientation.”
In the past, DC Comics has been leery of having their characters get married for fear of alienating the supposed teenage market that reads comic books. Like gaming companies, many comic books companies are woefully out of touch with regards to who buys their products.