Catwoman Comes Out As Bisexual

Ben Arnold
·Contributor

Catwoman has come out as bisexual in the latest issue of the ‘Catwoman’ comic from DC.

'Catwoman #39', penned by writer Genevieve Valentine and inked artist Garry Brown, features the feline-esque superhero Selina Kyle in a clinch with another female character called Eiko.

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Explaining the move on her blog, Valentine said: “She’s flirted around it - often quite literally - for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation.

“And as [editor] Mark Doyle and I were first hashing out the relationships in this arc, Eiko seemed like the right person: intelligent, driven, in that uncanny valley of Almost Catwoman, and knows enough about Selina that their honesty has become something of a shelter in a situation that’s getting increasingly dishonest for everybody involved.

“The more we talked about it, the more it was something I wanted to make happen.”

Despite the same-sex kiss, Valentine added that Kyle’s on-again, off-again relationship with Batman isn’t necessarily over for good.

“I don’t want to spoil what can’t yet be spoiled, please be assured that Selina’s longstanding connection to Batman has not been forgotten; that is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works,” she said.

“Selina doesn’t care easily, but when she does care it strikes deep, and there will be plenty of that coming up.”

It’s the latest in a series of radical moves for the long-standing DC Comics character – famously immortalised on the screen by Michelle Pfeiffer in ‘Batman Returns’.

The latest storyline has Kyle as a mob boss in Gotham, with Eiko picking up the role of Catwoman.

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It’s also just latest in a long line of sexuality-based character plots in comic books, notably Batwoman being introduced as a gay character in 2006, though DC banned plans to include a gay wedding to make it all official.

Writers J H Williams and W Haden Blackmore later resigned over the move.

DC’s Dan DiDio said at the time is was because ‘heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives.That’s very important and something we reinforced’.

Meanwhile in 2012, Green Lantern was reinvented as a gay character, the same year that Marvel’s X-Man Northstar married his partner.

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Image credits: DC Comics