DC fans went ballistic when the news came out that Batman was going to ask Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) to marry him. Unfortunately, for fans, we had to wait since June for her response. In this week’s Batman #32, Catwoman answers Batman’s proposal. If Monday was a normal news day, it would have surely broken the internet.
In the pages of Batman #32, Bruce Wayne reveals that he has been carrying a secret. An old secret. About how he almost killed the Riddler with a knight, nearly breaking his cardinal rule. He wanted her to know everything about him before she gave him her answer.
“That to me is what true love is,” says writer Tom King told USA Today. “It’s showing who you truly are to someone. It’s letting someone know deep down who you are and that’s horribly frightening and it scares Batman as much as anything ever has.”
We have seen wedding proposals and weddings before with other main comic characters. Spider-Man was married to Mary Jane, only to have it retconned to save Aunt May. Superman married Lois only to have that walked back. However, they are now so I guess that works. Although, they have done something new with Batman.
“That’s tough to do,” King says. “In 78 years of this character, he lives in every kind of medium humankind can produce. But we’ve finally taken you someplace you haven’t seen before, so we’re going to explore this.”
The new storyline will cause some issues among the DC Universe. “Rules of Engagement” will definitely bring reactions from not only the Bat-family but from the Justice League.
“Some people are going to think, ‘Oh, my gosh, he’s gone insane, we need to fix him.’ And others will go, ‘He’s gone sane. We finally have a Batman we’ve been looking for,’” King says.
“Most superheroes, you make them happy and you end conflict — you give Spider-Man a wife and where do you go from there? But Batman’s the opposite: You give him happiness and you create conflict, because he’s fundamentally a sad character.”
Batman is a sad character. However, you spend three-quarters of a century making him a miserable character, fans will react in kind. The issue will drop on store shelves and digitally on Wednesday, October 4th. Let us know what you think in the comments below.