Holy sexuality, Batman! Two months after his untimely death, the creators of Gotham City's crime-fighting superhero, Bruce Wayne, have finally unveiled his politically-correct replacement: a ginger-haired, lesbian socialite called Batwoman.The character has apparently had sporadic appearances in the comic series in the past, particularly since she came out, but will now be the main stay for at least 12 issues. I'm not sure why The Independent labels Batwoman/Kathy Kane as a "politically-correct replacement." It's not as if there aren't ginger-haired, lesbian socialites in the world. Although probably not that many who regularly dress up as bats to fight crime. But I digress.
Writer Greg Rucka comments:
"We have been waiting to unlock her. It's long overdue," he said in an interview with the Comic Book Resources website. "Yes, she's a lesbian. She's also a redhead. It is an element of her character. It is not her character. If people are going to have problems with it, that's their issue. That's certainly not mine."
"I think there is going to be some media," he said. "I can't control it. You've got to remember, Wonder Woman got a haircut and that became news. So it will be what it is."
"My job is to write the best book I can, about a character that I think is exceptionally cool, that J.H. Williams [his co-writer and artist] thinks is exceptionally cool, that DC Comics thinks is exceptionally cool and worthy of being the lead player in Detective Comics," he added. "Frankly, she should be judged on her merits."
And what does she look like?
Bat ears tipped to Mr Litterick (off blog).