Spoilers: The following story contains details from the comic, Batman No. 24, out Wednesday.
In what will be the culmination of a 75-year relationship, Batman will be proposing to none other than Catwoman (a.k.a. Selina Kyle) this Wednesday in Batman No. 24.
USA Today caught up with writer Tom King, who explains his thought-process behind this unprecedented moment. “I want people to go home and be like, ‘Should she marry him? Should she say yes?’ There’s a whole conversation that could come out of this,” King says.
In the issue, Batman gets down on one knee and pulls out a diamond ring he’s kept for decades and simply says, “Marry me.” It’s a surprising turn for a character known for his darkness and solitary lifestyle.
“Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done ‘The night is so dark,’ ” King says. “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.”
With this new direction, King knew there was only one real option for who Batman would ever be willing to propose to. “Catwoman is someone who’s seen his pain and has been through stuff as bad as he has been through,” he says. “She says, ‘Look, both of us are broken, but we can be broken together.’”
But in the panel, which you can see below, Batman only utters two words, and King hopes readers will focus on the intent behind them.
“Was this a moment of vulnerability or a moment of arrogance? That’s almost the cliffhanger,” King says. “Is Batman making the greatest decision of his life or the greatest mistake?”
As for Catwoman?
“It’s like, ‘You think you know me, but you don’t know me until this,’” King says. “The actual answer will come after he reveals something he’s never revealed to anyone, and she has to decide whether that’s good or bad.”
Batman No. 24 will be in stores Wednesday, June 7.
Source: USA Today