DC Comics has a big reason to be celebrating this month! Wonder Woman has slayed the box office signaling the DC Cinematic Universe is finally on track, the sales for its New 52 comics are as high as ever, and now The Dark Knight finally makes a move no one saw coming!
Yep, Batman has proposed to his longtime love interest/sometime enemy, Catwoman!
In Batman #24, our hero removes his cowl, gets on one knee, and reveals a ring asking the Feline Fatale to marry him.
The proposal comes after a 75-year courtship, which has now culminating “into one unprecedented moment,” says King. The current Batman writer then continued to explain his motivations for the significant reveal by saying, “I want people to go home and be like, ‘Should she marry him? Should she say yes?’ There’s a whole conversation that could come out of this.” From what I’ve read, Batman has been keeping a diamond ring in his utility belt for decades, while waiting for the purrfect moment to pop the question to one of Gotham’s most notorious bad girls. King’s hope is that the gesture will be marked as a lean away from the character’s usual brood-laden anger, and instead show that the Caped Crusader is capable of exposing his vulnerability.
In talking about the decision to have Batman propose, King stated, “Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done ‘The night is so dark. Giving Batman more pain doesn’t reveal anything about his character because he’s taken as much pain as he can. But giving him love and joy, that combines with the tragedy of his past into something new and never done before.” Now, it’s a given that old Bats has had his share of relationships in the past, including rendezvous with characters like Vicki Vale, Wonder Woman, and Talia al Ghul, but any bat-fan worth their salt will tell you that it’s always been Selina Kyle that had truly stolen Bruce’s heart. The two characters share an undeniable connection and history that other comic book couples could only hope to achieve.
As an avid comic book reader, we know this is a big deal for Bats. Unlike other superheroes he has consistently put the needs of the greater good ahead of his own personal happiness and love. Besides who better to love Batman through his dark side than someone like Catwoman, who is just about as dark, brooding, and dangerous as he is. As some of you may already know this is not the first time in comic book history the two have been committed to one another. In an alternate universe, on Earth-2, not only did the couple marry, but they had a daughter named Helena. She grew up to become the vigilante, Huntress, who currently serves on the primary Earth. We hope Catwoman and Batman actually do get married, we know the wedding will be unforgettable and undoubtedly wrought with danger!
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning