11:16am PT by Graeme McMillan
DC's Catwoman Comes Out as Bisexual
After 75 years, Selina Kyle is finally coming out of the closet.
In the latest issue of the DC Comics' Catwoman comic book series — No. 39, released this week — Kyle kisses another woman, ending decades of fan rumors and speculation by stating canonically that the character is, in fact, bisexual.
Writer Genevieve Valentine, who took over the series in October, wrote on her blog that establishing Selina Kyle as “canon bisexual” was an “indispensable” beat she always had intended to hit in the series.
“She’s flirted around it — often quite literally — for years now,” wrote Valentine. “For me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation.”
The reveal comes in a scene where Kyle — who, in current comic continuity has retired as Catwoman to become the head of a crime family in Gotham City — confronts a new character called Eiko who has taken on the Catwoman identity without Kyle’s consent. At the end of the scene, they kiss.
“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,” Valentine wrote about the scene. “Will they dramatically implode? I mean, it’s comics, it could happen. But it will be a relationship. I’m excited to be here for it.”
Catwoman No. 39, written by Valentine with art by Garry Brown, is available in comic book stores and digitally now.