Holy Ca-taclysm, Batman, Catwoman is Bisexual!

kissyface2(from the blog post of Genevieve Valentine)

In another first for the comic book world, DC Comics favorite feline foil, Catwoman, whose name is Selina Kyle, is coming out as bisexual in the next issue of the series.

This coming out is about 75 years in the making, according to the comic series author, Genevieve Valentine, who wrote about it in a blog post. Catwoman still has a thing for Batman, but this latest issue has a kiss with another woman. It’s not an outing as much as confirmation of her bisexuality.

With an acute understanding of bisexuality, Valentine points out that the Batman relationship is not over. “Please be assured that Selina’s longstanding connection to Batman has not been forgotten; that is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works,” she writes in her blog post.

Valentine wrote she was establishing Selina as canon bisexual.  She wrote: “she’s flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation. And as Mark Doyle and I were first hashing out the relationships in this arc, Eiko seemed like the right person: intelligent, driven, in that uncanny valley of Almost Catwoman, and knows enough about Selina that their honesty has become something of a shelter in a situation that’s getting increasingly dishonest for everybody involved. The more we talked about it, the more it was something I wanted to make happen. ”

catwoman_coverShe adds:

“Was it a surprise for them? In terms of their sexualities, not particularly; certainly it’s no surprise to Selina that she has an attraction to a woman. Is this particular kiss a surprise? It’s definitely surprising; this is the very last thing you’re supposed to be getting into on the brink of war, and they both know it. But this isn’t the first intense moment between them.”

DC Comics seems to have gone AC/DC as far as the BLGT inclusion among comic book characters. They revamped the Green Lantern and made him gay, and in 2013 there was a transgender character. It is the fifth BLGT character of the DC series to come out of the closet.

No. 39 of the DC Comics Catwoman comic book series arrives on the stand this week.


Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]