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Should Batman and Catwoman Get Married?

June 14, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

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This week we ask…

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Should Batman and Catwoman Get Married?

Batman. The Dark Knight. A superhero with no superpowers but a drive to protect the citizens of Gotham from those that would do them harm. He’s faced the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and a host of others, each time finding a way to prevail.

Now he’s in for the biggest challenge of his life: Marriage.

Batman #24 gives us an unmasked Dark Knight getting down on one knee, diamond in hand, during a rooftop rendezvous in Gotham City, with two important words for his longtime love Catwoman: “Marry me.”

The moment was a culmination of their 75-year relationship “into one unprecedented moment,” says Batman writer Tom King. “I want people to go home and be like, ‘Should she marry him? Should she say yes?’ There’s a whole conversation that could come out of this.”

I was thinking more along the lines of, “Should Batman get married?”

King wanted to stay away from the character’s usual intensity and surprise fans with something else: vulnerability.

“Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done ‘The night is so dark,’ ” King says. “Giving Batman more pain doesn’t reveal anything about his character because he’s taken as much pain as he can. But giving him love and joy, that combines with the tragedy of his past into something new and never done before.”

But does Batman need to be married? He’s had a number of love interests over the years, from reporter Vicki Vale to Talia al Ghul. So what makes Catwoman different? “Catwoman is someone who’s seen his pain and has been through stuff as bad as he has been through,” King says. “She says, ‘Look, both of us are broken, but we can be broken together.’ ”

“Was this a moment of vulnerability or a moment of arrogance? That’s almost the cliffhanger,” King says. “Is Batman making the greatest decision of his life or the greatest mistake?”

Before Catwoman answers, Batman tells her that before she marries him, he needs to tell her about his darkest moment.

“It’s like, ‘You think you know me, but you don’t know me until this,’ ” King says. “The actual answer will come after he reveals something he’s never revealed to anyone, and she has to decide whether that’s good or bad.”

While I see King’s point about needing some love and joy but that’s just something I’m not keen on seeing it in regards to Batman. Batman should get married. It’s an angle the character doesn’t need. Will he be picking up milk after a long night of fighting Killer Croc? Also, the married life doesn’t seem to fit the Catwoman character as well. Something just doesn’t feel right about it.

I like my Batman dark with a side of vengeance. Not having to rush home to watch Netflix and talk about buying new carpet.

What are your thoughts on Batman getting married?

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