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Confirming years of fan speculation, Catwoman has officially been outed as bisexual.
In this week’s Catwoman #39, Selina Kyle, who has given up her Catwoman identity to become a mob boss, meets a new character named Eiko who has taken up the feline mantle Kyle abandoned. The confrontation ends with Kyle kissing Eiko.
Catwoman scribe Genevieve Valentine detailed the decisions surrounding the issue on her blog. She stated that establishing Catwoman as a canon bisexual was something she has wanted to do since the beginning.
“She’s flirted around it — often quite literally — for years now,” Valentine wrote,. “For me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation.”
Valentine also took to twitter to confirm what happened for readers.
The writer has established that Kyle’s complicated relationship with Batman will not end, at least not immediately.
“Please be assured that Selina’s longstanding connection to Batman has not been forgotten; that is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works,” she wrote. “Selina doesn’t care easily, but when she does care it strikes deep, and there will be plenty of that coming up.”
Although LGBT characters are not unheard of in comics, this is certainly one of the most high-profile characters to come out of the closet. Catwoman has been a part of the Batman universe since its inception 75 years ago, and is one of the most famous comic book characters worldwide.
DC Comics will soon be launching Midnighter, another comic with a canonically gay superhero, and a reboot of Constantine: The Hellblazer, whose main character, John Constantine, has long been canonically bisexual.
DC recently announced their intention to expand the diversity of their universe, and this is definitely a step in the right direction.