If you're invested in Batman's romantic life, you might want to steer clear of the paper of record today.
From happier times, the best double date in super-history. Image: DC Comics
Today, The New York Times ran a story called "It Just Wasn't Meant to Be, Batman" which is about the upcoming Batman #50, due out this week with writing by Tom King and art by Mikel Janin, colours by June Chung, and lettering by Clayton Cowles, along with a bevy of guest artists.
In it, the article reveals what the headline makes pretty clear: Batman isn't getting married this week. Batman and Catwoman, the legendary hero/anti-villain pairing, is not meant to be. At least not in the canon DC Universe, that is.
This stings. It's normal for Marvel and DC to occasionally spoil big events beforehand, publicising matters such as Peter Parker's death in the Marvel Ultimate universe way back in the day, in the hopes of driving up sales to events based on the dramatic power of their conclusions.
But this still feels like a bit of a gut punch, not only because it's a pretty downer ending, but because it undercuts 50 issues of buildup and narrative tension. And for the most disappointing, uneventful ending possible. The status quo is maintained. Nothing changes, no one grows. Comics, everybody!
Batman #50 might be a good comic. It might be a great comic. But I am suddenly much less interested in reading it. Rough.