Welp, Looks Like DC Comics Spoiled Batman and Catwoman's Wedding in the New York Times

From happier times, the best double date in super-history.
From happier times, the best double date in super-history.
Image: DC Comics

If you’re invested in Batman’s romantic life, you might want to steer clear of the paper of record today.

Illustration for article titled Welp, Looks Like DC Comics Spoiled Batman and Catwomans Wedding in the New York Times

Today, the New York Times ran a story called “It Just Wasn’t Meant to Be, Batman” which is about the upcoming Batman #50, due out Wednesday with writing by Tom King and art by Mikel Janin, with colors by June Chung and lettering by Clayton Cowles, along with a bevy of guest artists.


In it, the article reveals what the headline makes pretty clear: Batman isn’t getting married this Wednesday. Batman and Catwoman, the legendary hero/anti-villain pairing, is not meant to be. At least not in the canon DC Universe, that is.

This stings. It’s normal for Marvel and DC to occasionally spoil big events beforehand, publicizing matters like Peter Parker’s death in the Marvel Ultimate universe way back in the day, in the hopes of driving up sales to events based on the dramatic power of their conclusions. But this still feels like a bit of a gut punch, not only because it’s a pretty downer ending, but because it undercuts fifty issues of buildup and narrative tension. And for the most disappointing, uneventful ending possible. The status quo is maintained. Nothing changes, no one grows. Comics, everybody!

Batman #50 might be a good comic. It might be a great comic. But I suddenly am much less interested in reading it. Rough.

[New York Times]


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So DC is doubling down on their bullshit argument about “heroes must not get married” that they started when they cut Batwoman’s storyline short after she proposed to Mags? Yeah, I haven’t forgotten or forgiven that.

You know what? I am almost tempted to write a story where most heroes (and villains) are actually happily married and have kids, see where it goes. Just to demonstrate these guys what they’re missing. Any traps I should avoid (i.e. fridging any girlfriends)?

Edit: And also how to NOT make it into an accidental “Incredibles” or “Fantastic Four”?