DC loses Batwoman creative team

DC’s ongoing Batwoman has, since the launch of the new 52, been a series worth following. The art of J.H. Williams III is a visual punch (the splash page has never looked so good) and the writing from W. Haden Blackman has kept the excitement of the unknown that Greg Rucka brought to the character in one-shot “Elegy”. So, it’s disappointing that the team has made the decision to leave.

What happened?

A loss of creative control and increased editorial interference. From a request to delve into the backstory of Killer Croc being turned down, to the much publicized decision to not allow a wedding between main character Kate Kane and girlfriend Maggie Sawyer, Blackman and Williams were unable to make the choices that counted on a groundbreaking series that has won and been nominated for more than one award.

The team leaves after issue 26 and plans to “leave a lasting impression.” They also clarified that it was the “wedding” part of “gay wedding” that DC had an issue with, with Williams saying on Twitter:

 To reiterate: Were NEVER told they could not marry because of gay marriage. AT ALL —

— J.H. Williams III (@JHWilliamsIII) September 5, 2013

No word on how this will affect Williams upcoming Neil Gaiman written(!) Sandman series, or how it will play out (awkardly, this writer predicts) on the convention circuit this fall.

Read their statement in full below, or at each of their websites.

Dear Batwoman readers –

From the moment DC asked us to write Batwoman — a dream project for both of us — we were committed to the unofficial tagline “No Status Quo.” We felt that the series and characters should always be moving forward, to keep changing and evolving. In order to live up to our mantra and ensure that each arc took Batwoman in new directions, we carefully planned plotlines and story beats for at least the first five arcs well before we ever wrote a single issue. We’ve been executing on that plan ever since, making changes whenever we’ve come up with a better idea, but in general remaining consistent to our core vision.

Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.

We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression.

We are extremely thankful for the opportunity to work on Batwoman. It’s been one of the most challenging and rewarding projects of our careers. We’ll always be grateful to everyone who helped us realize 26 issues: Mike Siglain, who brought us onto the project originally; Greg Rucka for inspirationally setting the stage; our amazing artists Amy Reeder, Trevor McCarthy, Pere Perez, Rob Hunter, Walden Wong, Sandu Florea, Richard Friend, Francesco Francavilla, Guy Major, Dave Stewart, and Todd Klein; Larry Ganem, for listening in tough times; and editors Mike Marts, Harvey Richards, Rickey Purdin, and Darren Shan.

And most of all, a huge thank you to everyone who read the book. Hearing your voices, your reactions, your enthusiasm every month was such a joy, so humbling, so rewarding. You guys rock! Because so many of you embraced the series, we were able to complete four arcs, and your passion for Batwoman encouraged us to push ourselves to do our best work with each and every issue.

Thank you for loving Batwoman as much as we do.

Goodbye for now,

Haden & J H

 

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 17:41 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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