DC Comics' Selina Kyle, better known as Catwoman, is an integral and iconic part of the Batman universe, and her role in the franchise just became even more important. The character was recently confirmed to be canonically bisexual by writer Genevieve Valentine.
"She's flirted around it — often quite literally — for years now," Valentine wrote on her blog. "For me, this wasn't a revelation so much as a confirmation."
Calling Catwoman #39: Better Than He Does Himself an "important issue plotwise," Valentine explains that aside from deciding whether or not to go to war with a powerful enemy, Selina's relationship with a woman named Eiko develops further.
"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," Valentine wrote.
"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."
Catwoman has long been the on-again off-again paramore of Batman, and Valentine promises that spark is still there.
"Please be assured that Selina's longstanding connection to Batman has not been forgotten," she wrote. "That is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works. Selina doesn't care easily, but when she does care it strikes deep, and there will be plenty of that coming up.
"But at the moment, her relationship with Batman has fundamental cracks they both know about, and there's a lot of work ahead of them if they ever plan to fix those."
You can read the full blog post for more details on the issue.