For decades, the Caped Crusader has had an on-again, off-again relationship with Gotham's most famous cat burglar. From the 1960s Adam West TV series to Tim Burton's Batman Returns and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, Batman and Catwoman have bickered like an old married couple. And now they might actually become one.
Batman Asks Catwoman To Marry Him
After the recent traumatizing events from Bane terrorizing Gotham City, Bruce Wayne hasn't been in the best place emotionally. However, it looks like Bruce has been examining the big picture and wants to make things with Selina official. They've had plenty of romantic moments (and one-night stands), but never in DC Comics history have Batman and Catwoman tied the knot. blah blah blah
This is a very bold move by DC — but comic books need more bold moves right now.
Batman proposes to Catwoman in a very interesting way. On a rainy rooftop in Gotham City, he tells Selina that he bought the diamond that she stole during their first encounter — and has kept it ever since. Now, he is using it to propose, saying, "I knew. Even at the beginning. I knew I'd need it. I needed it. Just like I need you."
The comic ended on a big cliffhanger — and this was done on purpose. The writer behind the comic book, Tom King, told USA Today that DC wanted to spark conversations and let fans debate whether or not Catwoman will say yes:
"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."
King also discussed how there is a lot more to this moment for DC than selling issues. In fact, the writer claims that it shows Batman readers that, as scary as the Dark Knight can be, Bruce Wayne still has a very sensitive and vulnerable part of him:
"Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done ‘The night is so dark.’ ... 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. Catwoman is someone who’s seen his pain and has been through stuff as bad as he has been through. ... She says, ‘Look, both of us are broken, but we can be broken together.’"
Lastly, King hints that Batman may be walking into a mousetrap and the cat may swoop by to eat him:
"Was this a moment of vulnerability or a moment of arrogance? That’s almost the cliffhanger... Is Batman making the greatest decision of his life or the greatest mistake?
Selina Kyle is sometimes a villain and sometimes a hero, so Batman may be taking a big risk here. Whatever happens next, this will bring them to an interesting state that we haven't seen in the 75 years of Batman history. It's so awesome to see new and intriguing stories shaking up DC Comics. Everyone loves admiring the character dynamics of the past, but eventually, the comics that we are reading today will become a thing of the past — and I want DC Rebirth to mark a high point for these characters, whether or not they live happily ever after.