Batwoman is going to be remade into a lipstick lesbian. My knowledge of DC Comics characters is not as good as that of Marvel Comics characters. This is partially due to the utterly confounding continuity problems that were later magically “resolved” (retconned) in Crisis on Infinite Earths. It’s still confusing, though. Also, I identified more with the mutants in the X-Men series of books than with the superheroes of the DC universe. Having read up on Batwoman on Wikipedia, Silver Age Batwoman seems to have been a stupid character. Utility purse? How lame. She also retired because Batman told her that crime fighting was too dangerous. She remained a minor character and vanished into obscurity, until now.
There is no way that a mainstream superhero comic book with a lesbian featured as a main character could be anything but a lipstick lesbian. Could you imagine mainstream comic book readership buying a comic book based upon a superhero butch lesbian bull dyke, no matter how well-written it was? I couldn’t. I’m betting that Kate Kane turns out to be bisexual later on. That is what the comic book readership will secretly want. Most comic book readers are (still) male, and I’m sure that most of them are of the opinion that “two women are hot, but two women and one man is even hotter” (naturally they imagine that they are that man) mentality.
Returning to Batwoman, or rather character design in general, why do creators insist on putting female superheroes/action stars in high heels? Is that practical for running across rooftops and engaging in hand-to-hand combat? Could they see themselves being comfortable and secure (in terms of balance) enough to wear high heels whilst taking part in physically demanding heroic activities? If they can’t, then why are they putting women in high heels for the same sorts of activities? It’s pure ignorance. Unless they’ve tried to wear spiky heels, done the sorts of things that superheroes do, and can come out of that experience saying, “I prefer wearing high heels to flatter shoes” then they shouldn’t make such horrible costuming decisions. Batwoman looks like she’s ready for a fucking costume party, rather than vigelante-style justice.
[via BBC News, because I am out of the loop.]