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Things are finally looking up for the perpetually dark and dour Bruce Wayne, who will commit to love (and, dare I say, happiness?) in the upcoming Batman #24, titled “Every Epilogue Is a Prelude,” written by Tom King and illustrated by David Finch and Clay Mann.
Said comic will conclude with — spoiler alert! — Batman asking Catwoman (a.k.a. Selina Kyle) to marry him.
This turn of events is not totally unexpected however, as King and Finch have been working towards it for some time, with a two-part story called “Rooftops” from earlier this year featuring Batman and Catwoman enjoying a romantic night together and confessing their love. But now, after talking it out with protegé Gotham Girl, Batman decides to propose — with the diamond Catwoman was trying to steal when they first met, no less.
Not that Bruce has always flown solo. After all, he is something of a playboy in many iterations of the classic comic, and even has a son with former lover Talia Al Ghul — though this is the only woman who seems to ever have stirred ideas of marriage into his mind.
In an interview with USA Today, King explained his decision: “Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done ‘The night is so dark.’ Giving Batman more pain doesn’t reveal anything about his character because he’s taken as much pain as he can. But giving him love and joy, that combines with the tragedy of his past into something new and never done before.”
It’s a rare thing to see Batman opt for love over tragedy (taking a page from Wonder Woman’s book), but let’s just hope it lasts at least for a little while.
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