Amidst Controversy, New Batwoman Writer Announced

Since the controversy surrounding the departure of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman from Batwoman, DC Comics has named a new writer for the series. Marc Andreyko will be taking over starting with issue #25, which will be released in November. Andreyko is openly gay and known for his work on Manhunter. On his Facebook page, Andreyko said he adores Batwoman’s previous creative team and hopes he’ll do right by the characters they’ve created.

At the Baltimore Comic Con, Dan Didio (Co-Publisher of DC Comics) addressed the recent criticism, saying that isn’t wasn’t gay marriage that DC Comics objected to, but the marriage itself. In talking about the Bat family, he said, “They shouldn’t have happy personal lives….They put on a cape and a cowl for a reason. They’re committed to being that person, they’re committed to defending others—at the sacrifice of all their own personal instincts…It’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives but it’s also just as equally important that they put it aside as they know what they are accomplishing as the hero takes precedence over everything else. That is our mandate, that is our edict, [and] that is our stand with our characters.”

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Sources: Newsarama, CBR