DC Comics's Catwoman Officially Comes Out as Bisexual

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 3:54PM
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Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 3:54PM
DC Comics's Catwoman Officially Comes Out as Bisexual

Mainstream comics are making progress and becoming more inclusive, if very, very slowly. After years of ambiguity and innuendo, the most recent issue of Catwoman from DC Comics saw Selina Kyle kiss another woman, and writer Genevieve Valentine confirmed that her bisexuality is, in fact "canon."

 

 

In Catwoman No. 39, Selina shared a kiss with Eiko Hasigawa, the heiress to the Hasigawa Family branch of the Yakuza in Gotham City. In light of these panels and Valentine's confirmation of her canonical bisexuality, Selina Kyle is officially DC Comics's first female bisexual character to lead her own series. 

 

Catwoman

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Catwoman

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Catwoman

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Valentine also wrote on her blog that Selina's bisexuality was an "indispensable" plot point that the writers have been planning to explore for years. "She's flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now. For me, this wasn't a revelation so much as a confirmation."

 

She also pointed out that this "wasn't the first intense moment" between Selina and Eiko. She used this scene as an example, saying that "in the script of this scene I noted for [artist] Garry [Brown] that the degree of close-talking should be 'Xena.'"

 

Catwoman

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Only time will tell whether this plot point will be treated with sensitivity, although Valentine's statements thus far seem to be respectful of bisexuality as a concept. She clarified, for example, that while Selina and Eiko may "implode" simply because "it's comics," it would definitely "be a relationship." She also stated that this development would not mean that the longstanding on-again off-again relationship between Catwoman and Batman would disappear, as "that is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works."

 

"Eiko has offered a moral challenge – and we know Selina loves a challenge – but has also unexpectedly given Selina trust and support at a time when those are in desperately short supply. Selina is a complicated person; she's drawn to complicated people. In some ways, it's that simple…though of course, it's never simple."

 

Catwoman #39 is now out in comic book stores. 

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