New Batwoman is a lesbian. Yeah, so?

CNN has an article about the new Batwoman comic super hero. To pace with the times, the DC artists decided to make the heroine a lesbian. Soon after, CNN posted a poll asking: “Should the sexual preferences of comic strip superheroes remain a secret?” As of right now, 55% of the participants voted “yes”, and this shows either how small minded some people can be or that these voters never read a comic in their life.

Remember, I don’t like having people discussing or making a big deal about their sexuality. I don’t care and I don’t need to know. But when it comes to comics, it’s a different story. A comic — especially the DC and Marvel comics — are *up close and personal* with the hero. Spiderman would never be the same if we didn’t know his back story and the two women of his life. Avengers would never be the same if Wanda wasn’t falling for the android Vision. Iron Man would never be the same if we didn’t know of his heart condition. And so on, and so on…

This time, the comic writers might have decided to jack it a bit up in terms of storyline, but nevertheless, a DC/Marvel comic is not worthwhile without the juicy stuff. It’s part of the product and part of the expectations. It always was.

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Thom Holwerda wrote on June 2nd, 2006 at 10:25 AM PST:

As always, it amazes me how the US can get so worked up over someting as silly as this.

stormrider wrote on June 2nd, 2006 at 11:21 AM PST:

hmmm, VERY smart from the perspective of marketing. having a lesbian character combines the “hero & silly chick” stereotype of movies (which is and will always be very popular) exluding the “jealousy factor” from the male viewers towards the hero.
it’s all a matter of marketing you see…

Hugo wrote on June 3rd, 2006 at 8:42 AM PST:

So when does Robin come out of closet about him and Batman? :-)

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