DC - catwoman and batman /tags/catwoman-and-batman en First Look: Surviving the Joker War /blog/2020/10/16/first-look-surviving-the-joker-war <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>First Look: Surviving the Joker War</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Batman-Cv101-1_5f890dbe5ce1a3.59246741.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <p>The work doesn’t end when the war’s been won. In fact, it’s only just getting started. With the Joker defeated, Punchline under house arrest and the people of Gotham left to pick up the pieces, a weary city asks a desperate question—what happens now?</p> <p>It’s something fans are likely wondering as well. With “The Joker War” serving as the heart of the Bat-books for much of 2020, now that it’s done, we’re all a bit curious about what comes next. <em>Batman: The Joker War Zone </em>and the climactic <em>Batman #100 </em>both make it clear there are plenty of loose threads that stand ready to be unraveled. The Joker and Punchline may be down, but they’re definitely not out. Clownhunter doesn’t seem like he’s going to heed Batman’s warning to stop killing the Joker’s men. And Ghost-Maker…? Well, we don’t know what his deal is, but it doesn’t seem like he wants to take Batman out for nachos. No, the Dark Knight still has a lot to watch out for, and he now has far fewer resources to work with.</p> <p>But before he can face these new threats, he still has a few friends to check in on…and perhaps patch things up with. There’s Catwoman, obviously. Just when Selina and Bruce were back on solid ground, her dark past with the Designer was brought to light and now things between her and Batman seem…off. There’s Damian. We suspect that one’s going to be a LOT more complicated to resolve. And then there’s Lucius Fox. From what we’ve seen, Batman hasn’t checked in on him since Lucius was poisoned by the Joker. How’s his recovery coming along? What’s he been doing? And why is he now working with Cole Cash?</p> <p>That’s right, Grifter once again returns to the DC Universe in next week’s <em>Batman #101…</em>and if you caught yesterday’s <a href="/blog/2020/10/15/dc-future-state-a-glimpse-into-the-future-of-the-dc-universe" target="_blank">DC Future State announcement,</a> you know the Wildstorm character is going to be one to keep an eye on. In fact, it seems quite a few important characters are about to step into the Gotham City spotlight, so if you <em>are </em>wondering what comes next… Well, you might want to check out this exclusive preview of Batman’s newest chapter.</p> <p align="center"></p> <p><em><a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-101" target="_blank">Batman #101</a> by James Tynion IV, Guillem March and Tomeu Morey is in stores</em><em> and available digitally on Tuesday, October 20.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-first-look" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman first look</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-sneak-peek" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman sneak peek</a>, <a href="/tags/first-look-at-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">first look at batman</a>, <a href="/tags/first-look-at-batman-101" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">first look at batman #101</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-war" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker war</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-war-is-over" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker war is over</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-knight" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dark knight</a>, <a href="/tags/bruce-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bruce wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/batcat" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batcat</a>, <a 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property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Clownhunter</a>, <a href="/tags/joker-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker</a>, <a href="/tags/the-joker-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The Joker</a>, <a href="/tags/punchline-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">punchline</a>, <a href="/tags/ghost-maker" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ghost-maker</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-future-state" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC Future State</a>, <a href="/tags/james-tynion" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">james tynion</a>, <a href="/tags/james-tynion-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">james tynion batman</a>, <a href="/tags/james-tynion-iv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">James Tynion IV</a>, <a href="/tags/guillem-march" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">guillem march</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman comics</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dcu" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dcu</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-city" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham city</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-preview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book preview</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-first-look" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book first look</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/16/first-look-surviving-the-joker-war" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="First Look: Surviving the Joker War" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 466193 at /blog/2020/10/16/first-look-surviving-the-joker-war#comments Reading Batman: Hush for the First Time /blog/2019/08/09/reading-batman-hush-for-the-first-time <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Reading Batman: Hush for the First Time</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Lissete Gonzalez</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, August 9, 2019 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>To put things in perspective, I had just turned five years old when the first issue of <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-hush" target="_blank">Batman: Hush</a></em> hit comic book shelves in 2002. Kind of crazy, right?</p><p>It really amazes me to see how people experience certain comics, characters and series for the first time. For me, my first introduction to Hush didn’t come from reading the series itself, but from playing the Arkham video games. As a result, and with<a href="/movies/batman-hush" target="_blank"> a new animated movie now in stores,</a> I wanted to read the actual comic to get the full story and prepare myself prior to checking out the movie. I’m only 17 years late to this party, but that’s better than not showing up at all!</p><p>Now that I’ve actually read <em>Batman: Hush</em>, I feel like there’s just so much to unpack. As a quick recap, the story follows Batman as he tries to make sense of a huge crime uprising that has Gotham’s core villains acting unlike themselves. Batman discovers that a mysterious newcomer, who we later learn is Hush, seems to be the connecting factor, and as all of this is happening, Bruce also has other personal issues that he must deal with. It’s definitely a very physically, mentally and emotionally grueling time for the Dark Knight.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/08-AUG/BMHush_1_5d4b7daad2f012.73530813.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>As far as first impressions go, I was stunned by the artwork and coloring done by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair. I love how Lee, Williams and Sinclair entered the DC Universe as a team, and even now, many years later, they still frequently work together. That so many pages and panels from <em>Hush</em> have become so popular over time, shows how <em>Hush’s</em> artistic impact is still very much relevant today.</p><p>To be quite honest, I’m really disappointed in myself for not having read this book sooner. If anything, I wish this would’ve been one of the first Batman comics I read. It includes so many characters (both heroes and villains) and ties in major events from <em>The Killing Joke</em> and <em>A Death in the Family</em>. It’s a well-rounded story that anyone new to Batman comics could easily follow and understand. Even though it’s jam-packed with so much, it still carries a gripping story and tantalizing mystery at its heart.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/08-AUG/BMHush_2_5d4b7dcf0c9313.16599449.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p>Writer Jeph Loeb shows the complexity of this story in his writing, especially through Batman’s thoughts on each page. The blue dialogue balloons bring us into Bruce’s every thought and offers a different perspective to what the main story provides for us. This is my favorite part of <em>Hush</em>—it helps us really get to know Batman in more ways than I thought I could, especially when it comes to understanding his feelings during the more difficult parts of the story involving his childhood friend Tommy Elliot, the still-dead Jason Todd, Joker and most importantly, Catwoman.</p><p>These are all people who have had a major emotional impact on Batman. Tommy grew up with Bruce, so no doubt that his betrayal would strike a major chord in Batman’s heart. The (kind of, but not really) return of Jason Todd that happens in this series reveals just how much guilt and blame Batman carries over his death.</p><p>Jason’s murder, the death of Commissioner Gordon’s wife and Barbara Gordon’s close encounter with death were all done at the hands of the Joker—these are all reasons that many would say offer justification for Batman murdering him. But seeing Bruce come so close to killing the Joker in <em>Hush</em> was very intense and shocking for me. Batman has killed before, but in this story it just didn’t feel right. In his mind, he was so sure of it, but on the outside looking in, it was clear he wasn’t actually thinking it through.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/08-AUG/BMHush_8_5d4b7f37cc4a06.95667189.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Finally, and most importantly, Selina Kyle’s role in this story is one that is also center to the plot. Catwoman and Batman team up here and Bruce’s thoughts are pretty occupied with the feelings he has for her. He trusts her enough to reveal his identity and bring her to his Batcave, but deep inside, he’s still not sure if he <em>should </em>trust her given her past.</p><p>I love how Catwoman is portrayed as this independent, feisty, beautiful and strong woman. She’s reforming from her past as thief, but can she be fully trusted? The BatCat romance really seems to be a forbidden love—even in their present day comics, there’s not a definitive answer to what their love will become or even a guarantee that it’ll become anything.</p><p>One last point to mention is how cool it was to see practically the entire Batman rogues gallery in this comic. Ivy, Harley, Joker, Clayface, Killer Croc and more made their appearances and actually had purpose to being included in the story. It wasn’t just for show. Ivy, in particular,  really surprised me when she took control of Superman. I feel like sometimes Ivy’s abilities can be taken for granted, but she sure showed me what she’s capable of here.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/08-AUG/BMHush_5_5d4b7f4f3b3348.08393940.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p><em>Batman: Hush</em> really is one of the greatest mysteries that The Bat has ever had to solve. During my readthrough, some parts of the mystery were easier to predict than others, but I honestly was not expecting the Riddler to have been the mastermind behind it all. Maybe that just means I need to read some of the Batman comics published prior to <em>Hush</em> to understand better, but regardless, it made me realize just how intelligent and capable the Riddler is to be able shake up Batman and all of Gotham City. I’m excited to see how this classic story will play out in its film adaptation.</p><p>With that said, now that I’ve finally read one of the most iconic Batman series to ever exist, I’m off to go watch the new <em>Batman: Hush</em> animated film. Make sure you watch it too and stay tuned for my thoughts on it next week!<br /> </p><p><em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-hush" target="_blank">Batman: Hush</a> by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair is available in bookstores, comic shops <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-The-Complete-Hush/digital-comic/T0714200018301" target="_blank">and as a digital graphic novel.</a></em></p><p><em>Lissete Gonzalez writes about film, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com and is a contributor to Couch Club, our weekly television column. Look for her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/lissete74" target="_blank">@lissete74.​</a></em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-hush" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: Hush</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-hush-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman hush</a>, <a href="/tags/hush" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">hush</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-hush-comic" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: hush comic</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-hush-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: hush movie</a>, <a href="/tags/jim-lee-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jim Lee</a>, <a href="/tags/jeph-loeb" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jeph loeb</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-hush-readthrough" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: hush readthrough</a>, <a href="/tags/tommy-elliot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tommy elliot</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/selina-kyle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Selina Kyle</a>, <a href="/tags/batcat" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batcat</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman-and-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman and batman</a>, <a href="/tags/joker" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">joker</a>, <a href="/tags/harley-quinn" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">harley quinn</a>, <a href="/tags/poison-ivy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">poison ivy</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dcu" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dcu</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-80" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman 80</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-80th-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman 80th anniversary</a>, <a href="/tags/lissete-gonzalez" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lissete gonzalez</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/08/09/reading-batman-hush-for-the-first-time" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Reading Batman: Hush for the First Time" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:00:00 +0000 Lissete Gonzalez 447354 at /blog/2019/08/09/reading-batman-hush-for-the-first-time#comments Gotham Gazette: The Bat and the Cat are Back /blog/2019/07/25/gotham-gazette-the-bat-and-the-cat-are-back <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Gotham Gazette: The Bat and the Cat are Back</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joshua Lapin-Bertone</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Welcome back to <em>Gotham Gazette!</em> I hope you’re all enjoying your summer, because Jason Todd sure isn’t. You may recall <a href="/blog/2019/05/16/gotham-gazette-a-new-team-rises" target="_blank">that I recently wrote</a> about his new status as the owner of the Iceberg Lounge, but as of <em><a href="/comics/red-hood-outlaw-2016/red-hood-outlaw-36" target="_blank">Red Hood: Outlaw #36,</a></em> that’s all fallen apart. Bunker, former Teen Titan and Jason’s chief enforcer, turned on him once he learned that he was secretly torturing Penguin in a panic room. I know it’s Penguin, but Bunker has a point, Jason’s actions during the Iceberg affair were a bit messed up. Now that it’s all over, Red Hood has gotten his revenge on Cobblepot, but at what cost?</p><p>Batman and Red Hood had recently been growing closer after spending years at odds. Jason’s been invited to more Bat-Family meetings, and even participated in the family photo during this spring’s <em><a href="/comics/detective-comics-2016/detective-comics-1000" target="_blank">Detective 24ֱ #1000</a></em> milestone. Jason Todd is a former Robin, and he’s Bruce Wayne’s legally adopted son, so I always considered their animosity to be “unfinished business” that I was hoping would one day be resolved. However, Jason’s actions at the Iceberg Lounge broke Batman’s trust and drove the two further apart. As a result, their relationship has been further fractured. Now, thanks to some egging on by Damian, Bruce is convinced that Jason is capable of committing unspeakable horrors.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/07-JUL/EventLeviathan2_1_5d38f06ee568d8.71675679.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 875px;" /></p><p>The Bat-Family drama recently bled over to Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s <em><a href="/comics/event-leviathan-2019/event-leviathan-2" target="_blank">Event Leviathan</a></em> limited series, where Bruce confronted his former sidekick Jason Todd with the overwhelming evidence that he was Leviathan. Jason denied it, but it’s clear from the strike force Batman brought in that the Dark Knight no longer takes him at his word.</p><p>Guys, it’s really hard to see the two of them like this. Don’t forget, Bruce is Jason’s adopted father. What’s the worst thing your father ever falsely accused you of doing? It probably wasn’t running a worldwide killer spy organization.</p><p>But could Jason actually <em>be</em> Leviathan? I pondered this question in <a href="/blog/2019/06/12/what-or-who-is-leviathan" target="_blank">another article</a> recently, and I’m not buying it. I’ll admit, I’m not as good of a detective as Batman or his allies, but after reading about Jason for decades, I feel like I know him—at least as well as you can “know” a fictional character. Jason’s world has been rocked by many things recently, including the death of his friend Roy Harper during <em>Heroes in Crisis</em>, but he still has his own moral code, even if it’s a twisted one. In addition, Red Hood’s aspirations have always been street level, while Leviathan is leading a global organization. Jason doesn’t like associating himself with groups, and his actions in <em>Red Hood: Outlaw </em>has shown that his leadership skills could use some work. So, while the true identity of Leviathan is still a mystery, I’m going to go ahead and rule out Jason. (Usually it’s not a good idea to disagree with Batman, but I’m feeling bold today.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/07-JUL/EventLeviathan2_2_5d38f088c13259.01238143.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 661px;" /></p><p>Batman isn’t even the only one who suspects Jason. Lois Lane, Green Arrow, Manhunter, Plastic Man and the Question all joined the Dark Knight for this rooftop confrontation. Ouch! I know the Red Hood has done some questionable things, but does <em>anybody </em>have faith in him? Jason has never been one to care about the opinions of others, but it’s got to hurt knowing that the biggest detectives in the DC Universe think you’re responsible for a global murder conspiracy. And here’s another weird thought. Since it was Robin who first fingered Red Hood, this means that Damian is now more trusted than Jason. Yes, the same Damian who’s <em>also </em>been engaging in really questionable behavior with regards to the villains he’s captured in <em>Teen Titans.</em></p><p>That’s got to sting.</p><p>Batman’s relationship with his former ward may be falling apart, but I am thrilled about another potential relationship being rebuilt. Tom King’s “City of Bane” has officially kicked off over in <em><a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-75" target="_blank">Batman #75</a> </em>and the first chapter featured the long-awaited reunion between Bruce and Selina. Batman and Catwoman haven’t spoken since she abandoned him at the altar (or rooftop) in last summer’s <em>Batman #50,</em> and I think all of us are still trying to recover.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/07-JUL/Batman75_1_5d38f0a8e862b8.01359965.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p>Selina finds Bruce, who appears to be exiled from the Bane-controlled Gotham City, and we get another playful round of the boat/street debate. (Something tells me Batman and Catwoman will be arguing about this until the Dark Knight’s 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary.) I still have many questions about the “City of Bane” time skip, but for now I’m just happy to see the Bat and the Cat on speaking terms again.</p><p>Of course, their reunion doesn’t necessarily mean that a second wedding is in the works, but poor Batman has had a real tough time since she left him, and it’ll be great for them to finally talk things out. Tom King has teased some big plans for the two, and once the “City of Bane” storyline wraps up, Batman and Catwoman will be starring in their own King-written maxi-series. Clearly something big is going down with these two, so it looks like “City of Bane” will be a story arc to keep a close eye on.</p><p>What do you all think? Can Jason really be Leviathan? Will Batman and Catwoman squander their second chance? Tweet your thoughts in my direction!<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, movies and comics for DC24ֱ.com and DCUniverse.com, is a regular contributor to the Couch Club and writes our monthly Batman column, "Gotham Gazette." Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/TBUJosh" target="_blank">@TBUJosh.</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/gotham-gazette" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham gazette</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-gazette-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gotham gazette column</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-column" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman column</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman comics</a>, <a href="/tags/bat-family-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label 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even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/07/25/gotham-gazette-the-bat-and-the-cat-are-back" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Gotham Gazette: The Bat and the Cat are Back" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 25 Jul 2019 19:00:00 +0000 Joshua Lapin-Bertone 447005 at /blog/2019/07/25/gotham-gazette-the-bat-and-the-cat-are-back#comments Gotham Gazette: Questions, Answers and In-Betweens /blog/2019/03/14/gotham-gazette-questions-answers-and-in-betweens <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Gotham Gazette: Questions, Answers and In-Betweens</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Meg Downey</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 14:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>This month, we're going to get a little existential here in <em>Gotham Gazette</em> because it's very nearly time for <a href="/comics/detective-comics-2016/detective-comics-1000" target="_blank">DETECTIVE COMICS #1000</a> and some pretty major things are cropping up in Batman right now. So…perfect time to start really digging into some of the big, philosophical questions about the Dark Knight, right?</p><p>First thing's first, with <a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-66" target="_blank">BATMAN #66,</a> we saw the return of Catwoman to…well, not Gotham, exactly, but at least the pages of a book set in Gotham. It's kind of complicated. In case you haven't been keeping up with that whole situation, ever since the aborted wedding (back in <a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-50" target="_blank">BATMAN #50</a>), things between Bruce and Selina have been a <em>liiiiiittle </em>rough. And by that I mean Selina skipped town to Los Angeles and they haven't been acknowledging one another at all.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/Batman66_1_5c89c73f7aba10.14098132.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p>Meanwhile, Bruce has been stuck in a truly mind-bending horrorscape (possibly at the hands of Scarecrow, but maybe not), which is forcing his subconscious to deal with all sorts of unpleasant things. It's a little bit complicated and a lot hard to describe, but the basic gist is that Bruce is not having a very great go of it and Selina is kind of in a weird place. This issue marks the first time she's been back in the pages of a Batman issue proper since the wedding, outside of a flashback or a passing panel here or there. Granted, she’s not <em>really </em>back in Batman’s life. She’s a part of the weird, extended dream sequence Bruce is struggling through, but we're going to count it anyway.</p><p>The real meat of the matter isn't whether or not Selina is "back." It's why she left in the first place. The whole wedding thing was as complicated as it was heartbreaking for both of them. The long and the short of it was Selina saying she didn't believe she could marry Bruce because Bruce could no longer be Batman if he were happy and content and she didn't want to be the person responsible for that. On paper, it sounds a little ridiculous, and maybe like an easy excuse…but is it? Is she wrong? Can Batman be Batman if he no longer has his pain to drive him?</p><p>For the last few months, I've been mulling it over. And, really, so has Bruce, though he's been handling it a lot worse than I have. It's a tricky question and one that doesn't really have a right answer, but answering tricky questions is something that the Question is pretty good at. It's kind of his whole thing. So now he's in the mix to talk to Selina and things are getting even more complicated. Did she lie in her note? What <em>does </em>make Batman, Batman? How does he work? Why does he work? Why do we love him?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/Batman66_5_5c89c8c8470cc0.20243983.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 750px; height: 781px;" /></p><p>Honestly, for as headache-inducing as these stories can be, they're some of my favorite things to really dig into for Batman. This is partly because I honestly don't think there will ever be a satisfying answer, and partly because I love to watch people try and find one. Existentialism and philosophy are two great tastes that go great together when it comes to the Dark Knight and sometimes it actually feels good to try and come up with reasons for unreasonable things. Just the process of trying to figure it all out can be beautiful.</p><p>If you're at all like me and this type of story is really your jam, I've got a recommendation for you. It's not anywhere near the epic that the whole Bruce/Selina Rebirth saga is, but it's poignant and meditative on some similar themes. Pick up <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-Whatever-Happened-To-the-Caped-Crusader/digital-comic/T0850800018301" target="_blank">BATMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CAPED CRUSADER,</a> a graphic novel that collects the two-issue story of the same name by Neil Gaiman, which offers a very surreal take of Bruce's death back in the pre-New 52 era. You won't be disappointed.</p><p>Meanwhile, on the totally opposite end of the spectrum, if you're not looking to think some deep thoughts about the nature of life, love and Batman, maybe check in with our good friend Tim Drake over in <a href="/comics/young-justice-2019/young-justice-1" target="_blank">YOUNG JUSTICE</a>? He's been having an absolutely wild, fun, funny time reuniting with some of his of his old friends and re-creating his classic team. The new series is only about three issues deep right now so you can catch up in a blink and it's a perfect antidote to the gloom of Gotham if you could use a little break.</p><p><br /><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Meg Downey covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, and writes two monthly columns for the site</em><em>, <a href="/blog/2019/03/14/gotham-gazette-questions-answers-and-in-betweens" target="_blank">"</a></em><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="/blog/2019/03/14/gotham-gazette-questions-answers-and-in-betweens" target="_blank">Gotham Gazette" </a>and <a href="/blog/2019/03/12/relationship-roundup-big-barda-and-scott-free" target="_blank">"Relationship Roundup." </a>You can follow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/rustypolished" target="_blank">@rustypolished</a>.</em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div 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class="field-item even">Rosie Knight</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, March 8, 2019 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>It was in 1940, only a year after the debut of Batman in 1939's <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-27/digital-comic/T0039000275001" target="_blank">DETECTIVE COMICS #27,</a> when Bill Finger and Bob Kane decided to spice up the world of the Caped Crusader with the introduction of one of the most iconic and long-surviving femme fatales in comic book history—Catwoman.</p><p>In his autobiography,<em> Batman &amp; Me</em>, Kane wrote about the creation of the character who was originally known only as The Cat.</p><p>"We knew we needed a female nemesis to give the strip sex appeal,” he wrote. “So Bill and I decided to create a somewhat friendly foe who committed crimes, but was also a romantic interest in Batman's rather sterile life. She was a kind of female Batman, except that she was a villainess and Batman was a hero. We figured that there would be this cat and mouse, cat and bat byplay between them—he would try and reform her and bring her over to the side of law and order. But she was never a murderer of entirely evil like the Joker."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/Batman1_5c81d28fa30b54.35062766.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 692px;" /></p><p>The Cat first appeared in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-1/digital-comic/T0037600015001" target="_blank">BATMAN #1,</a> where she was much more of an enigmatic and classic fatale, one who changed her face and name regularly to keep her identity a secret. In that way, she was a more magnified mirror of Bruce and his double life. The woman who would eventually become known as Catwoman was first introduced as a cunning jewel thief who attempted to convince Batman to team up after he foiled one of her schemes. That duality between the pair would continue throughout their relationship, though it would be Catwoman who would change her colors to occasionally team up with Batman as the pair evolved.</p><p>It wasn't until BATMAN #62 that Catwoman would be unmasked as Selina Kyle, an airline hostess who feigned amnesia as a way of escaping her life of crime. From there on out, Selina changed her allegiances, constantly challenging Bruce and his expectations. Or rather, she did until DETECTIVE COMICS #211 in 1954. That issue would mark her last appearance for 12 years due to the newly introduced 24ֱ Code Authority, a self-censorship movement which strictly defined what could and couldn't be included in the pages of the then very popular books.</p><p>The 24ֱ Code Authority was created to deal with the backlash from Fredric Wertham's book, <em>Seduction of the Innocent</em>, which posited that comics were a dangerous influence on young minds. Selina fell victim to the stringent rules largely due to three specific lines from the code: 4) If crime is depicted, it shall be as a sordid and unpleasant activity. 5) Criminals shall not be presented so as to be rendered glamorous or to occupy a position which creates the desire for emulation. 6) In every instance, good shall triumph over evil and the criminal punished for his misdeeds.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/285SCREENBU12010_PHSG_BATS_5c81d2f2b69fa5.25118417.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 608px;" /></p><p>As you can imagine, the fact that Selina was always more of an antihero than a villain, was often freed by Batman due to their mutual attraction, and almost never punished meant that Gotham’s burglary laws weren’t the only thing our girl Selina was violating. But just because she wasn't gracing the pages of DC's comics it didn't mean that Selina was gone for good, though, as the character became a mainstay on the iconic Adam West Batman TV series, which saw her played by three different, brilliant women: Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and, of course, Eartha Kitt. This brought Selina to a brand-new audience, which probably explains why when she returned to Batman comics in 1966, it was for good.</p><p>A seismic shift in Selina's life took place in the 1970s when a series of stories set in the alternate-universe of Earth Two introduced a world where she and Bruce married and gave birth to a daughter named Helena who would later become the vigilante known as the Huntress. This began a long tradition of teasing the life that Bruce and Selina could have had together if things had been just a little different.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/BM_24_10_450_5c81d30f5f4451.24967344.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1063px;" /></p><p>It's in this way that Catwoman always represents something Bruce can't quite have—his inability to fully apprehend her during her crimes reflecting the loss of stability and family life that they'll never truly manage to have. (Though, of course, when Selina was introduced in Christopher Nolan's <a href="/movies/the-dark-knight-rises-2012" target="_blank"><em>The Dark Knight Rises,</em></a> the pair were finally given the happy ending they never quite achieved in the comics.)</p><p>After 1986’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Crisis-On-Infinite-Earths-30th-Anniversary-Deluxe-Edition/digital-comic/T1440700018301" target="_blank">CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS,</a> it was revealed that Selina's mother was Cuban, making her one of DC's few Latinx characters, though that aspect of her life is yet to be fully explored. Throughout the years Selina has continued to be a major part of Batman's life and DC comics in general, whether in the pages of her multiple solo series or as Bruce's fiancé (but never wife) in the most recent Batman series. It's not just on the page, though, as she's also one of the most iconic and prolifically adapted members of Bat-canon with multiple iterations on the big screen—like Michelle Pfeiffer's unforgettable turn in <a href="/movies/batman-returns-1992" target="_blank"><em>Batman Returns</em></a>—and the small screen, including the influential <a href="/tv/batman-the-animated-series-1992-1995" target="_blank"><em>Batman: The Animated Series</em>.</a></p><p>Selina has been inspiring readers for generations with her wit, smarts and, of course, her beauty. She's one of the few Batman characters who has lasted as long and gained just as many fans as the (bat) man himself. Selina Kyle, we salute you!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/03-MAR/CATW_Cv4_5c81d325778bb7.45992021.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1063px;" /><br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Rosie Knight writes about comics, movies and TV for DC24ֱ.com and DCUniverse.com. B<span style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">e sure to f</span>ollow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/RosieMarx" target="_blank">@RosieMarx</a>.</em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/selina-kyle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Selina Kyle</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman-through-the-years" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman through the years</a>, <a href="/tags/batcat" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batcat</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman-and-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman and batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batmans-80th-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman&#039;s 80th anniversary</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-80" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman 80</a>, <a href="/tags/women-of-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">women of batman</a>, <a href="/tags/brilliant-women-of-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">brilliant women of batman</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman-history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman history</a>, <a href="/tags/history-of-catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history of catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/importance-of-catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">importance of catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/bat-family-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bat-family</a>, <a href="/tags/rosie-knight" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">rosie knight</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/03/08/brilliant-women-of-batman-catwoman-gets-her-claws-in-bruceand-us" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Brilliant Women of Batman: Catwoman Gets Her Claws in Bruce...and Us" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 08 Mar 2019 20:00:00 +0000 Rosie Knight 445186 at /blog/2019/03/08/brilliant-women-of-batman-catwoman-gets-her-claws-in-bruceand-us#comments Relationship Roundup: Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle /blog/2018/06/26/relationship-roundup-bruce-wayne-and-selina-kyle <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Relationship Roundup: Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Meg Downey</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Chances are, if you've been paying attention to the DC Universe at any point in the last...oh, let's say year, you've heard some whispers of a wedding. A <em>big </em>wedding. A wedding between two unlikely animal themed heroes who—oh, come on, you know the drill here.</p><p>In honor of the anniversary-sized wedding special, <a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-50" target="_blank">BATMAN #50,</a> it's time to talk about Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, better known to the world as Batman and Catwoman.</p><p>Now, before we can talk about their upcoming ceremony, we need to talk about their first wedding.</p><p>Didn’t know they’d been married before? Hey, you’re not alone. We’ll get to that, but first we're going to have to do a serious rewind. Bruce and Selina are two of the oldest characters in DC's whole pantheon. They're right up there with other Golden Age standbys like Superman and Lois Lane. In fact, Bruce debuted on the scene just one year after the Man of Steel and Selina got her start one year after that. What I mean to say is, these are characters with some <em>serious </em>history. Even more significantly, Selina premiered in the very first <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-1/digital-comic/T0037600015001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">BATMAN #1</a> ever printed. So, sure, Bruce had had some stories in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011/comics-series/237?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL2Fsc29fYm91Z2h0L3BkX3NpbXNfczJz" target="_blank">DETECTIVE COMICS</a> before his self-titled ongoing kicked off, but Selina was there for the start of a whole new era of Batman stories.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/06-JUN/batcat%206_5b319459de59e9.85795046.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 630px;" /></p><h2><strong>A Curious Cat</strong></h2><p>Of course, theirs wasn't exactly a love at first sight. Selina existed at first only as "The Cat," a thief who Bruce tried (and failed) to apprehend. He was intrigued—not to mention enamored—by her immediately, but Selina was surrounded by mystery and dubious circumstance, not exactly what you would call conducive for a romance. Things continued like that for quite some time. Selina's story was fluid, ever changing, full of half-truths that perpetually kept Bruce on his toes, always shifting direction.</p><p>Really, that might be why he ended up falling for her as hard as he did—it's not often that someone can keep the World's Greatest Detective guessing.</p><p>As time went on and the Golden Age marched into the Silver Age, many of the things that comic readers take for granted these days—such as continuity between stories and characters—began to really solidify and become much closer to what we have today.</p><p>Well, mostly.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/06-JUN/batcat%204_5b3194dfa87d21.05041363.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1070px;" /></p><h2><strong>Seeing Double</strong></h2><p>When the multiverse was officially formed, we wound up with two different versions of Bruce and Selina: the Golden Age characters who lived on Earth-Two and the modern versions who lived on Earth-One or the "Prime" Earth where all mainline stories took place.</p><p>The Selina and Bruce of the Prime Earth maintained a sometimes flirty, sometimes contentious, usually relatively distant relationship (the likes of which would grow and evolve into what we have now), while the Earth-Two versions went full steam ahead into the romance that had started back in the ’40s. It took some fancy, retroactive footwork to make it work, but by 1977 it was revealed (in DC SUPER STARS #17) that Earth-Two Selina and Bruce had been married and that their daughter, Helena Wayne, was a vigilante known as Huntress.</p><p>Things on Earth-Two were...a bit complicated to say the least. As more and more of the DC Universe became focused on the "main" Earth, Earth-Two stories became more difficult to line up and make sense. Versions of the Wayne Family's Earth-Two exploits often contradicted one another or themselves. Still, the emphasis on Bruce and Selina's unending romance was a pretty regular thread.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/06-JUN/batcat%201_5b31950a76e8a1.22824893.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1074px;" /></p><h2><strong>You Can’t Hurry Love</strong></h2><p>Meanwhile, back in the main universe, Bruce and Selina took much longer to trust one another. It wasn't until the very early 2000s with <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-The-Complete-Hush/digital-comic/T0714200018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pdGVtU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">BATMAN: HUSH</a> (above) that Bruce even let Selina know his secret identity—a decision which left the Bat family slightly divided (Dick was in favor, Tim was less so). Bruce and Selina continued a flirtatious will-they-won't-they for years, coming together and then tearing apart over and over again until finally, in the Rebirth era, things took a turn for the more definitive.</p><p>Batman's ongoing stories began planting the seeds of an all new look at the Batman and Catwoman dynamic that grew and changed by mixing the old with the new—sometimes even borrowing elements from the old Earth-Two days—until finally, with <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-2016-24/digital-comic/T1616000245001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">BATMAN #24,</a> Bruce actually popped the question. It took a while (and a full story arc called <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-2016-Vol-4-The-War-of-Jokes-and-Riddles/digital-comic/T1729000018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Db2xsZWN0ZWRFZGl0aW9ucw" target="_blank">“The War of Jokes and Riddles”</a>) for Selina to give her answer.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/06-JUN/batcat%203a_5b31971e613097.70532853.jpg" style="width: 699px; height: 1006px;" /></p><p>Now, the wedding ceremony itself is <em>just </em>around the corner, but getting there has been anything but a walk in the park. Between telling the family, organizing the wedding party and dealing with less-than-thrilled exes like Talia al Ghul, things in Gotham have been even more chaotic than usual—so here's hoping that the actual day itself goes off without a hitch.</p><p>Then again, who are we kidding? We're dealing with Batman and Catwoman here. There's bound to be at least a little drama, so make sure <a href="/node/440113" target="_blank">to grab next week’s Batman #50</a> for the latest chapter in one of the most unique, interesting and irresistible relationships in comics.<br /> </p><p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Meg Downey writes about the DC Universe for DC24ֱ.com and covers Legends of Tomorrow for the <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2016/09/30/announcing-the-dctv-couch-club" target="_blank">#DCTV Couch Club.</a> Look for her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/rustypolished" target="_blank">@rustypolished.</a></em></p><p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="/comics/batman-2016/batman-50" target="_blank">BATMAN #50 </a>lands in stores on Wednesday, July 4. While you're at it, be sure to pick up <a href="/comics/catwoman-2018/catwoman-1" target="_blank">CATWOMAN #1,</a> Selina's first ongoing series since The New 52 is out the very same day!</em></p><p></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/relationship-roundup" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">relationship roundup</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/bruce-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bruce wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/selina-kyle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Selina Kyle</a>, <a href="/tags/batcat" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batcat</a>, <a href="/tags/batcat-wedding" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batcat wedding</a>, <a href="/tags/bat-wedding" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bat wedding</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-wedding" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman wedding</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-catwoman-wedding" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman catwoman wedding</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman-wedding" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman wedding</a>, <a href="/tags/bruce-selina-wedding" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bruce selina wedding</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman-and-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman and batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-catwoman-marriage" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and catwoman marriage</a>, <a href="/tags/huntress" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">huntress</a>, <a href="/tags/helena-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">helena wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/earth-two-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">earth-two</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-hush" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: Hush</a>, <a href="/tags/rebirth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-rebirth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc rebirth</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/ships" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ships</a>, <a href="/tags/shipping" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">shipping</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-ships" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc ships</a>, <a href="/tags/meg-downey" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">meg downey</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/06/26/relationship-roundup-bruce-wayne-and-selina-kyle" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Relationship Roundup: Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:00:00 +0000 Meg Downey 440163 at /blog/2018/06/26/relationship-roundup-bruce-wayne-and-selina-kyle#comments