Batwoman head writer JH Williams III has announced that he and co-writer W. Haden Blackman have quit the comic due to editorial interference, saying he’s being blocked from telling several stories he wanted to tell – most crucially that DC told him that he would not be allowed to show Batwoman’s wedding to her long-time girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer. Hmmm. This is just the latest problem to befall DC’s stable of gay characters. If you’ll recall, Alan Scott, the Green Lantern of Earth Two (big whoop), was revealed to be gay in the new 52, but his lover was killed ten panels after we met him, rendering Alan merely theoretically gay, the best kind of gay because that way there are no messy gay kisses to draw or two dudes in bed with each other to corrupt young minds. Now Green Lantern is just another hero who occasionally remembers he used to have a lover. Who was a man. Then it’s back to the action. Slightly more problematic is the character of Bunker, the gay Teen Titan, a supposedly flamboyant Latino queen who… can build bricks with his mind? Don’t ask. Bunker rarely had anything to do other than scream “¡Ay dios mio!” and admire his ass in his pink and purple outfit. He hung around Conner Kent a lot, which might have developed into something (because we all remember how bromantic Superboy and Robin were pre-new 52), but now it looks like Bunker has left the Titans to go off on some solo adventure and it’s doubtful we’ll see him again. Having a hero who was a big flaming Spanish queen was a great idea. It opened up a million groundbreaking storylines and could have been a chance to do some truly iconic storytelling. But they just didn’t know what to do with him. Ugh. And don’t even get me started on DC’s continued support of openly homophobic writer Orson Scott Card. It’s too maddening. DC needs to stop sidelining it’s gay characters and really step up to the plate. It’s sad when the industry leader in LGBT issues is Archie comics.
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