Batwoman (DC Comics)
Batwoman To Return As Lesbian
May 31, 2006
NEW YORK --
Batwoman is coming back -- and coming out of the closet.
D.C. Comics is bringing back the classic character as a lesbian. The new Batwoman debuts in July as part of a weekly series that started this year.
The 5-foot-10-inch superhero has flowing red hair, knee-high red boots with spike heels and a super-tight black outfit.
A top editor said D.C. "wanted to make her a more unique personality than others in the Bat-family."
The original Batwoman was started in 1956 and killed off in 1979.
The editor said the step isn't "just about having a gay character." He said D.C. is striving "for overall diversity."
Reviews are mixed on Web sites devoted to D.C. Comics. One critic said ugly superheroes might be more groundbreaking, offering the examples of "200-pound woman, man with horseshoe hair loss pattern, people with cold sores."