Batwoman Writers Quit After Lesbian Wedding Ban
Two writers of the Batwoman comic books have resigned after DC Comic allegedly told them they could not run storylines they had been working on for months, including the heroine's lesbian wedding.
JH Williams and W Haden Blackman said they were leaving after being asked to "alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines that we feel compromise the character and the series".
Batwoman was reintroduced to DC Comics in 2006 as a redheaded lesbian after disappearing in 1976.
The series was hailed by gay rights campaigners and received an award for outstanding comic book from the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).
In February's Issue 17, Batwoman's alter ego Kate Kane proposed to her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer. It was the first time a same sex couple were shown getting engaged in a mainstream comic.
In a blog post quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, but seemingly no longer available, the co-authors wrote they were "frustrated and angry - because they prevented us from telling the best stories we can".
"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," they said.
"All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end."
Williams later took to Twitter to deny DC Comics was anti-gay marriage.
"Were NEVER told they could not marry because of gay marriage. AT ALL," he wrote.
"I've just been told that threats of violence have been issued toward individuals at DC comics. This is unacceptable. It needs to stop now."
DC Comics released a comment saying: "As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of Batwoman had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the character."
Some have suggested that the company is against its characters marrying. Clark Kent's marriage to Lois Lane was not resurrected when DC Comics brought him back in 2011 and it has been suggested that a storyline that saw Bruce Wayne get engaged was also cancelled.
Blackman and Williams have said they will leave in December after Issue 26 of the comic is published.