J.H Williams III Announces that he has left Batwoman over editorial decisions for her character. The internet has been roaring in rage over this, with many takes on the situation. Be it saying DC hates lesbians, DC doesn’t like marriages in general, or DC is hypocritical in their decisions. None are the real problem. The problem is 11th hour decisions. Decisions in which put writers in a situation where they have to rush to change something they put a lot of effort into. Something which was already decided on and something which they were more comfortable with that the editorial staff decided last minute they didn’t want to go through with.
That is NOT okay or fair for writers such as himself. DC has the right to scrap anything they don’t feel they are 100% on, but it should not be at the risk or expense of putting unnecessary pressure on the writer. This causes them to rush, and in turn affects the quality of their work. That is not something they should have to put up with when these are characters they were set with to explore. As J.H Williams III said; “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.” If there’s anything to take out of this, it’s that part right there. This is something that all writers would agree upon who have gone through a similar situation, and there are others as well. This is nothing new and it should be taken into consideration when editorial approaches them.
It is Ultimately DC’s decision, but also their loss. One thing that made Marvel NOW! successful was giving writers and artists that creative freedom to do something new with characters and do what they felt most comfortable with them as well. It is all about approach and Marvel’s writers were given that opportunity to do such things without worry of eleventh-hour changes. In fact what you see from DC is exactly what Marvel did themselves and they changed that after 2003. This is something DC should take notice of and take a step back. You can’t dictate and expect all to comply as if they can’t be confident in what they are putting their effort into.
Aside from this fans need to take notice of the real issue as well because crying of everything but the actual issue helps no one. If you only read gay, lesbian, marriage, and so forth, you will only get something which has done nothing but create controversy where there has been none. Yes it overall brings attention to the topic, but not the kind that it deserves and DC and just about anyone else who does the same can slip through the cracks because of it.
The problem here is that this is not the first time something like this has occurred. Not being for the same issue, but happens none the less and is not good for business on their end. This has nothing to do with the sexual orientation or anything against same sex marriage, this is about creative freedom which DC doesn’t allow their writers. They might as well put the editor’s name over the writers with how they treat them for something like this to be such an occurrence.