The short version of my points and the discussion that I’m looking to have on this thread are as follows: After an entire year of stories in which the two were engaged (an arc titled “prelude to the wedding” I might add), it feels a little pathetic that DC couldn’t give us a single panel of Batman and Catwoman actually being married. My understanding was that many other fans were disappointed by Batman #50, but it being advertised on DCU’s homepage would suggest that DC are very proud of this story. I want to gage the general fan reaction to the “wedding” issue and have a CONSTRUCTIVE discussion about the good, the bad, and what could have been better.
The Long version: To start; I’m not angry. I am a fan, and a passionate one at that, but I don’t let things that I love get me angry when I’m disappointed or frustrated by a creative decision. Having had apparently had a year to cool down after reading Batman #50 (feels like yesterday doesn’t it?), I’m mostly left confused. I don’t understand Writer Tom King and DC’s decision regarding the conclusion of this arc.
I understand, of course, the concept in comics that the status quo must be upheld at all times. In fact, I would say that I am more forgiving ,and even enthusiastic, about the status quo than most fans. However, the intense buildup and hype surrounding what would have been (in the grand scheme of things) not a particularly earth-shattering change made the impact of DC’s copout hit even more powerfully and awkwardly. To add to all of this, I really did not like the reasoning behind this decision.
Both in the comic and the real world (to my understanding), the reason for leaving Bruce Wayne at the alter was the same. Both Catwoman and King came to the conclusion that Bruce can’t be batman if he’s happy. From King, this comes across as markedly lazy and unsupported defense of the status quo, and from Selena, it just seems needlessly cruel. Even if the marriage was destined to fail, we could have got so many new and interesting stories about WHY it had to fail. Maybe a year of engagement, a year or marriage, and then we can watch the fallout of a divorce for about a year. This would have been such an easy decision to undo in a medium that is famous for destroying whole universes every now and then because they can always just bring it back that it baffles me that DC and King couldn’t muster the commitment to see it through even temporarily.
At this point I was going to mention the wedding of Colossus and Kitty pride that happened in the pages of X-men around the same time as Batman #50, but this post is already kind of long, and I’m itching to get some responses to it. If anyone cares, I may post my comparison between the two events in seperate post on this thread.