Spoilers for Batman #32
After months of waiting, fans finally have an answer to Batman’s proposal to Catwoman: Yes! Since the Rebirth of the DC Comics universe, new and old takes on various characters have combined into exciting adventures and narratives for the heroes and villains. This summer, however, some of the biggest news out of the pages of DC arrived when Bruce Wayne asked Selina Kyle to marry him.
Bruce and Selina have always had relationship (of sorts) with lots of flirting and a good deal of reciprocation across comics, film, and TV. In fact, the relationship has been a core part of the young versions of the characters on Gotham for the past four seasons. But the idea of Batman and Catwoman settling down is something new. And while it seems unlikely they’ll both hang up their costumes anytime soon, recent events have made both characters reevaluate their lifestyles.
Thanks to USA Today, we now have a preview of Batman #32, which sees Selina replying in the affirmative to Bruce. The moment is a sweet one, but will also set up plenty of drama and conflict in the issues to come.
For series writer Tom King, the big event will have an impact on every aspect of Bruce’s life. From his friends and family to his fellow heroes in the Justice League, the news isn’t going to be met positively by everyone.
“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.’”
Likely, readers will feel the same way as those characters, conflicted over the new status quo for one of the most isolated heroes in all of comics. But for King, Batman’s unique perspective is what makes the prospect of a committed relationship so interesting.
“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.”
Again, fans might not agree with King, but it’s hard to deny that Batman is certainly a character driven by a lot of sadness. And while King thinks that will lead to conflict, Bruce’s new relationship could be the beginning of a brand-new version of the Dark Knight. Then again, comics rarely keep superheroes in relationships or in the grave for very long. Only time will tell how Batman and Catwoman’s future together will turn out.
Source: USA Today
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