The wedding of The Dark Knight was spoiled by the New York Times, but there's more going on than seems obvious.
Spoiler Warning: This article will reveal plot items from Batman No. 50, released on Wednesday, July 4, as previously reported by the New York Times this weekend. Do not read on if you do not want to be pampered. No really.
For the second time in two months, the New York Times has corrupted an upcoming comic book edition about a superhero wedding; just a few weeks after it became known that Kitty had not married Pryde and Colossus, this weekend also revealed that Batman's and Catwow's wedding would not take place either.
Unlike the X-Men spoiler, eyebrows raised but little indignation ̵
Also seemingly upset? The author of the topic, Tom King, who came to Twitter twice over the weekend to comment on what was going on.
Ugh. Batman 50 spoilers are out there now. Ignore / avoid (or try) and read the problem.
– Tom King (@TomKingTK) July 1, 2018
I'm mad at things and excited about other things. I have no idea how to comment on anything without spoiling everything.
Batman 50 is still out Wednesday. I am incredibly proud of the topic. I hope you pick it up. You have questions; the answers are there.
– Tom King (@TomKingTK) July 1, 2018
It's hard not to share King's frustration for a simple reason: it gives much more Batman history than what the Times story proposes. Consider a moment that King has previously stated ( more than once ) that his Batman run will take about 100 editions, and that it is one big story; the 50th edition is therefore by definition not an endpoint. What happens – or, really, does not happen – in the question is not an end in itself, but something that will resonate and move subsequent topics in motion. And, yes, Catwoman gets her own comic series after she killed the Dark Knight, but it's comics; Character crossover and interaction between series all the time. The idea that King is not planning to re-engage Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle is almost ridiculous.
If one thinks of Kings Batman it becomes a 100 chapter story narrating the engagement in some way. After all, Batman suggested only at No. 24, with Catwoman's answer not being given for another three months; With the commitment of suggesting to share only a quarter of the entire run, it is clearly not what the story is all about. So, what is it's about?
One suggestion from King, from last year, is that it's about whether Batman can be happy. "You add luck to Batman, you create a conflict because he is a character of pain," King said in an interview. "He turns the pain into hope, so what does a machine do that turns pain into hope when it's lucky? When it's fed joy? You give Superman joy and it's like? Yay, more joy in my life?" # 39 ;, that's just another day. You give Batman pleasure and it's like & # 39; what should I do with it? "
This is not only by Batman No 50 self-supporting – the character tells Catwoman he is happy. With her, he makes him believe that he can be "more than a boy whose parents are dead" before he discovers he has been imprisoned – but the potential one Bow of what will come. Readers have seen that Batman was happy (and how that caused Batman # 49 to try to convince the Joker to convince Catwoman not to go through the marriage because he thought Batman was just the product of misery), and now they will see what a heartbroken Batman looks like for comparison.
All this, of course, assumes that the split is even real . Early in Kings Batman runs, there's a storyline where Catwoman Batman cheats Batman to oversized villain Bane, before a reversal shows it was all a fake to put the bad guys to sleep in a false sense of security , Who should say that this element is not a preview of what will happen in the bigger story until it's over?
There are legitimate reasons to resent Corruption Batman No. 50 three days before his release – not least of all that he was corrupted three days before the dismissal . For those who put their hearts to a June 2018 wedding between Batman and Catwoman, it is undoubtedly a disappointment, as it may be under the impression that everything in superhero comics is permanent. (In a genre where death is temporary, a relationship end is even less permanent, let's face it.)
For all others, the apparent separation between characters should be considered as a beginning – not just the new Catwoman series debuting the same day, but from the second half of Tom King Batman story examining the character under a more emotional microscope than he or we are used to. Who knows? Maybe No. 100 will show a surprising wedding that nobody sees coming.