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J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman Announce Departure on BATWOMAN [Update]

The two creators have decided they can no longer tell the best stories they can.

Bad news for BATWOMAN fans. W. Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III have been one of the few creative teams to have worked on every single New 52 issue in their series since September 2011. Month after month we've enjoyed the stories of Kate Kane and we've watched her grow in her own little corner of the Bat-Universe. It now appears their time on the series will be coming to an end.

Both Blackman and Williams have announced that issue 26 will be their last. While we've seen the two able to steer clear of the other BATMAN events, they have stated editorial conflict as the cause.

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.

You can read the full details on either of their websites:

http://www.hadenblackman.com/archives/696

http://www.jhwilliams3.com/archives/1826

They both expressed their sadness for leaving as well as their gratitude for being able to work on the character and with so many talented creators. Be sure to read their full post.

They will indeed be missed.

Update

It seems there's been a lot of accusations that the editorial differences is because of Batwoman's sexual orientation and the idea of marriage. DC has tweeted the following:

As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of BATWOMAN had nothing to do with the character's sexual orientation.

Update 2

At Baltimore Comic-Con, Dan DiDio announced that Marc Andreyko will be taking over BATWOMAN with issue #25.

“[Andreyko is] so excited about taking on this series–so much so that we’re putting him on the book starting with issue #25,” DiDio told an audience at DC’s panel at the show. “Batwoman’s going to become an integral part of Batman’s universe, just the way we always wanted. She’ll be starting with a Year Zero story arc and from there she’ll be an important part as she always is.”

What's odd is Blackman and Williams said they were leaving after issue #26. Haden even tweeted the following when asked if the current storyline would be finished by them or the 'new writer.'

And JH Williams III tweeted this:

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Posted by _Nexus_

The tragically ironic thing in all of this is that everyone was upset that DC was against the gay marriage issue to the point it blew up on social media, now it seems that the creative team is being punished for even mentioning that by having their last arc be taken away from them.

But in reality this has nothing to do with gay marriage at all, the issue is that if you are a book with a Bat on it then you better be immediately connected to Batman in some way or another then you will be erased from existence and replaced with somebody who is.

Do you see a pattern here people....first Batwing now Batwoman.

Edited by darknightspideyfanboy

@v_scarlotte_rose: yup batfamily for me if her relationship Maggie end i hope it end like kate cut a deal with batman or deo for maggie to c her kid after that she decide to leave Gotham cause Gotham is not safe place for Jamie after the child murder and all so decide to move closer to where her kids at and that how end the relationship(oddly that how i thought it was going to end for them) p.s srry for my english

Edited by dreamfall31

Her staying away from the rest of the bat family was one of my favorite aspects of the book. Not even letting the two of them finish out their arc is just disrespectful and truly shows how little DC cares about the talent it has. I will definately drop this after Williams' last issue and have no plans to support DC by picking up another title in it's place. Batman, Wonder Woman, and B&R are the only DC titles I'll have compared to my 6 from Marvel. I have a feeling all of this drama will cause many others to drop it, leading DC to cancel it. If DC and Didio were as committed to the character as they claim, then they should have let Williams and Blackman do what they do best.

Posted by Weapon-Alpha

Wow they are really gonna Axe them so that they cant even finish their own Arc

Posted by Kraya

I just wish DC, Williams&Blackman were all on the same page on who will write what issue and how much of the Williams&Blackman script will be used. That way I'd know exactly at what issue I'll drop the book.

Posted by Squalleon

Two months ago this was my favorite publisher now i just want to see them BURN!

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

Two months ago this was my favorite publisher now i just want to see them BURN!

LOL....Arm yourselves men we are at WAR!!!!!!

FOR SPARTA!!!!!!!

*Epic Music*

*Angry Fans charging into the DC office*

*epic battle ensues*

Posted by longbowhunter

DC couldnt have picked a better writer to take over Batwoman. Marc Andreyko is both openly gay himself and best known for his work on Manhunter, another of DC's female vigilantes. All this will mean nothing though if he's bound by editorial restrictions. Either way good luck to ya' Marc.

Posted by Kraya

DC couldnt have picked a better writer to take over Batwoman. Marc Andreyko is both openly gay himself and best known for his work on Manhunter, another of DC's female vigilantes. All this will mean nothing though if he's bound by editorial restrictions. Either way good luck to ya' Marc.

That's the problem. I don't know Andreyko's work, but he won't do well unless DC makes some significant changes to their editorial process.

Edited by SupBatz

*sigh* I guess DC learning a lesson from all of the bad publicity is out of the picture. Something tells me that this would have all gone a lot differently if there wasn't all of this (misplaced) controversy about gay marriage. Yanking away the last part of Williams' and Blackman's arc is really a douchy move. I can't wait for the day that DC gets new management.

Edited by fables87

But I read Batwoman because she doesn't like Batman and wants no part in that "family." Noticed they say "just the way we always wanted" When it's clear in the comics creators/writers say differently. DC you're drunk. GO HOME!

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Edited by Mercy_

@fables87 said:

DC yo'ure drunk. GO HOME!

My new catchphrase

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Posted by DecoyElite

@mercy_ said:

@fables87 said:

DC yo'ure drunk. GO HOME!

My new catchphrase

Word Thief. It's so clear CV is even giving me the option to flag you.

Edited by The Mighty Monarch

"“Batwoman’s going to become an integral part of Batman’s universe, just the way we always wanted"

THAT'S THE PROBLEM. RIGHT THERE. I'm betting Williams and Blackman wanted to continue keeping Batwoman in her own corner, but DC was pushing more and more to integrate her with the rest of the family. The problem is, it was exactly the fact that she WASN'T so connected to the Batman Family that was one of the things that MADE the series so good.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

“[Andreyko is] so excited about taking on this series–so much so that we’re putting him on the book starting with issue #25,” DiDio told an audience at DC’s panel at the show. “Batwoman’s going to become an integral part of Batman’s universe, just the way we always wanted. She’ll be starting with a Year Zero story arc and from there she’ll be an important part as she always is.”

I forgot, Do the editors tell the stories or writers?

Posted by doombot890

i love batwoman and what really got me into the series, initially, was the fact that batwoman wasn't going to have anything to do with batman.

now this.. i dunno . i prefer her on the outside fighting the really weird stuff.

Posted by Master_Thief

Mean while back in marvel we get Spiderman 2099 back

Edited by ptigrusmagus

What a mess. Now DC won't end let them finish out their run... 24 issues earns a better deal than that ffs.

Posted by HollowPrince65

WHAT THE HELL!? Let them finish their story first! You don't Kanye West J.H. Williams!

Edited by danhimself

Didio needs to go!

Posted by Ganthetsward20

I liked Batwoman because she wasn't really part of the batman universe and was getting ready to go kick his ass.

Posted by Kewirje

Dammit Didio!

Posted by BattheMan008

Sooooo.....who wants a Martian Manhunter and/or Shazam book?

Posted by Kewirje

@ganthetsward20: I can predict that DC is going to use her confrontation with Batman to bring her "closer" to the Bat-family. Shame on you DC, shame on you...

Posted by knighthood

@squalleon said:

Two months ago this was my favorite publisher now i just want to see them BURN!

LOL....Arm yourselves men we are at WAR!!!!!!

FOR SPARTA!!!!!!!

*Epic Music*

*Angry Fans charging into the DC office*

*epic battle ensues*

I am furious now. No, not because of Kate's marriage. Dan DiDildo had to take away the last few issues of a creative team that was as passionate about the character as I was. I'm boycotting everything with Didio's name.

I have a feeling Azzarello's Wonder Woman is next on DiDildo's list of things to muck up.

Posted by HollowPrince65

25 will sell well and so will a few issues after. Then...the sales will drop. Then the book will get cancelled. <- my prediction unless DC does something completely out of left field.

People wanted to see the marriage of Maggie and Kate. They wanted to see Killer Croc become more than mindless muscle and brawn. They wanted to see Kate and Alice reunite and possibly fight again. They wanted to see strings tied up from Elegy. DC wanted her to be a part of Batman's Batman Inc. DC didn't want the marriage because marriage is "Boring". DC wanted Batwoman to be more connected with the other Batman titles and not just its own side show. BUT KATE KANE ISN'T CONNECTED BY BATMAN IN ANY OTHER FORM THAN SHE WEARS A DAMN BAT ON HER CHEST!

Posted by knighthood

What a mess. Now DC won't end let them finish out their run... 24 issues earns a better deal than that ffs.

WHAT THE HELL!? Let them finish their story first! You don't Kanye West J.H. Williams!

@kewirje said:

Dammit Didio!

EXACTLY! Plus bringing in an openly gay writer is a transparent move. It's more politics than anything else.

Edited by trebean

Married Couples before Flashpoint gets splitted nobody bats an eye

Gay Couple's Marriage gets the boot and everybody loses their minds

JK

Never read this, comic. But hey! I don't see one reason why I shouldn't jump on the DC Hatetrain.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

@knighthood:lol the editor are afraid of Azz he take sh!t from no one

Posted by Kal'smahboi

So they're not even going to finish the current story? That's low, DC, especially since it's the best Batwoman arc since Hydrology. I guess that's six less dollars you'll see from me.

Posted by ThanosIsMad

Editors need to edit and stop meddling with storylines. Your job is to catch for typos, maintain continuity, and make sure your creative teams stay on task and get their stuff done on time.

Your job isn't to come up with plot ideas.

Posted by knighthood
Posted by Herx

Heroes not getting married = bull.

Dc editorial ladies and gentalmen, currently being reigned by a mad man who was noted to have been walking around the dc offices stating how he hated 52, the brilliant weekly series which had little to no editorial interfearence, and that the critically failed and forgotten countdown was , in his eyes, 52 done right. A man who belives that heroes shouldn't get married as their personal lives are not as interesting as their heroic lives, a perception that was challenged back in the 1960's when a bunch of crazy nobodys at marvel decided to create characters who were easier to accept and cheer for as we watched them struggle with both their personal civilian life as well as their heroic ones. DC editorial is currently a broken machine which adverties, some time ago that they only publish books for 45 year olds yet state that heroes shouldn't be married as it alianates the younger audiance? An editorial department that cannot see the potential in stories revolving around marriages, good and bad, and a department that thinks it knows what its core audiande wants despite the international backlash that its getting. The new 52, in their advertisements was ment to be DC "modernizing" themselves, despite the fact that they didnt need to, yet all its shown us is that more than ever that DC is stuck in the past (and by past I do mean the terrible era of the mid 90's).

Guess what DC, how ever much yiu try and say "our last minute firing of our batwoman creative team was not an anti-gay thing, but just our current anti-marriage policy" its going to be seen as a n anti-gay marriage sentiment. You have to grow up and realize that your making policy for peopel who don't exist. "Younger readers", and older ones to don't care if a characters married, they care about thencharacter and te story somethig that dc has obviously lost sight of.

Oh and while I'm still venting, Dan Didio obviously doesn't understand how a monarchy works as if mera and aquaman arent married she cannot be the queen of atlantis. But worry about that little detail, is likely whatntheir saying.

Posted by knighthood

@herx: Which is ridiculous because Animal Man is a wonderful title whose main character is married.

Edited by PeppeyHare

Are they seriously going to shove Batwoman in with the Bat family now? *Sigh*

Posted by knighthood

@peppeyhare: Yep. Not enough bat-clones. We must have more.

Posted by HexThis

This reminds me of something Dan Didio said back in April after he fired all the writing staff...

“Editors are the real stars,” explained DiDio. ”Freelance writers dilute the editorial vision. They’re not in the office so if you need to make a change, you have to track them down. They don’t always correctly interpret direction. By making this simple organizational adjustment, fans will be able to experience comics that are more accurate to DC’s intent and their lives will be richer for it.”

Do some of these editors realize that stories don't exist until someone writes them?

It's a classic case of someone who is managerially inadequate trying to intellectualize his own creative and personal failings. It's a collaboration for goodness sake. Nobody's a "star".

@batpala said:

Oh and this reminds me of when Secret Six was cancelled, which funnily enough showed the engagement of three queer women. [And I'm still angry at the bull@(& ending] Now I need to find some companies that treat their creative teams with respect and dignity.

I understand your outrage but Didio did say that he didn't want superheroes having happy personal lives recently in a direct reference to Aquaman's non-marriage. I don't think DC as a whole is homophobic and, believe you me, if they were I would be leading the picket. Gay characters actually have titles at DC.

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Posted by Exia009

I never had any delusions that this was about anti-gay sentiments. This was about quashing creativity, and if it wasn't bad enough that they succeeded, they're kicking us while we're down by bunching Batwoman in with the rest of the Batfamily. These creators have spent over two years cutting a niche for Batwoman in this universe, and I'll be damned if they haven't succeeded. Now, all that is going down the toilet. And to not even let them finish this arc, DC's got some balls.

It's not even like you can see that Batwoman is an icon and if she's not portrayed a certain way, she won't push books; Batwoman has been the opposite of fitting into the status quo, and she's been selling because of it. I can only hope that Andreyko can bring some kind of justice into this (a Zero Year arc doesn't sound half bad, honestly), but if not, I'll hope to see the book cancelled. DC doesn't deserve what they have. The more misdirected flak they get over this "anti-gay" thing the better.

Edited by ChiSoxRox

This is off on a tangent, but in a way this reminds me of another couple I followed intensely: Pepa Miranda and Silvia Castro on Los Hombres de Paco, a Spanish TV show. They were a lesbian couple, one a (bright redhead) forensics detective and the other a police officer, that over the course of four seasons fell in love and won over each other's families, sizzling chemistry between them, eventually being wed in a gorgeous ceremony that was all happy.

Then, because they're members of the police, the mob ambushes the reception and Silvia is shot and killed -- in her new wife's arms no less. The main reason why? The show creators thought a marriage would be "too boring." WHAT is wrong with people, when marriage automatically means "Oh, old maid, nothing exciting happens?!"

Posted by Mercy_

@chisoxrox: It's a cheap cop out because it's easier to write strained romantic tension than have to go outside of the box and think of intriguing family situations.

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Posted by rest_in_peace_Ted_K0rd

dan didio deserves to be punished for this

Edited by BattheMan008

This is off on a tangent, but in a way this reminds me of another couple I followed intensely: Pepa Miranda and Silvia Castro on Los Hombres de Paco, a Spanish TV show. They were a lesbian couple, one a (bright redhead) forensics detective and the other a police officer, that over the course of four seasons fell in love and won over each other's families, sizzling chemistry between them, eventually being wed in a gorgeous ceremony that was all happy.

Then, because they're members of the police, the mob ambushes the reception and Silvia is shot and killed -- in her new wife's arms no less. The main reason why? The show creators thought a marriage would be "too boring." WHAT is wrong with people, when marriage automatically means "Oh, old maid, nothing exciting happens?!"

I like how you put in spoiler blocks for a Spanish TV show. LOL :)

Posted by Mercy_

@herx said:

Heroes not getting married = bull.

Dc editorial ladies and gentalmen, currently being reigned by a mad man who was noted to have been walking around the dc offices stating how he hated 52, the brilliant weekly series which had little to no editorial interfearence, and that the critically failed and forgotten countdown was , in his eyes, 52 done right. A man who belives that heroes shouldn't get married as their personal lives are not as interesting as their heroic lives, a perception that was challenged back in the 1960's when a bunch of crazy nobodys at marvel decided to create characters who were easier to accept and cheer for as we watched them struggle with both their personal civilian life as well as their heroic ones. DC editorial is currently a broken machine which adverties, some time ago that they only publish books for 45 year olds yet state that heroes shouldn't be married as it alianates the younger audiance? An editorial department that cannot see the potential in stories revolving around marriages, good and bad, and a department that thinks it knows what its core audiande wants despite the international backlash that its getting. The new 52, in their advertisements was ment to be DC "modernizing" themselves, despite the fact that they didnt need to, yet all its shown us is that more than ever that DC is stuck in the past (and by past I do mean the terrible era of the mid 90's).

Guess what DC, how ever much yiu try and say "our last minute firing of our batwoman creative team was not an anti-gay thing, but just our current anti-marriage policy" its going to be seen as a n anti-gay marriage sentiment. You have to grow up and realize that your making policy for peopel who don't exist. "Younger readers", and older ones to don't care if a characters married, they care about thencharacter and te story somethig that dc has obviously lost sight of.

Oh and while I'm still venting, Dan Didio obviously doesn't understand how a monarchy works as if mera and aquaman arent married she cannot be the queen of atlantis. But worry about that little detail, is likely whatntheir saying.

Times like this, I wish CV had a like button.

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Edited by andrebermudez

I try to give DC the benefit of the doubt, but now they won't even let the writers finish their story because it went against their edict of the bat-family having awful lives? And now the new writer is going to rush a script that ends in a major cliffhanger.

This kind of stuff is disgusting. Batwoman was one of DC's best titles and it was always consistent. I hope this new writer does a good job but DC should rethink the way editorial is run.

Posted by cmaprice

That's sadly what often is needed for those who take a moral stance: you may take a hit on the business end.

If sticking to your guns were easy and always worked, more people would do it.

Edited by drgnx

Aw this sux, lets stalk chief editor Double D aka DAN, Lets storm Dc HQ, lets burn the birdhouses, lets boycott, or.... let's do the same thing we do every other time an artist quit or get pushed out, complain ..... Okay, "I" now feel better ... Carry on!

Posted by Herx

@knighthood:

married yes, but who is also currently separated from his wife and is possibly pending divorce (im not to clear on it right now).

Edited by batpala

I honestly just want to punch Dan in the face. He's finally spoken up about this.

Source over here

He can't even get Kate's name right oh my god.

Posted by entropy_aegis

One good thing came out for me personally,now I'll only follow creators whom I trust not characters that I like cause it's clear that under DC's current administration they'll always be stagnant. Thank you Didiot,thank you for admitting that the new-52 aims to reaffirm the status quo instead of providing "fresh and exciting stories".

As for Batwoman I feel sorry for the creative team and the fans,I wasn't pleased with the idea that she was gonna beat Batman or something like that but canning the story just because of that is pathetic.

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