DC Comics writers Vita Ayala and Marguerite Bennett were on hand during the recent DC in D.C. 2018 event to discuss their upcoming projects. Ayala has an eagerly anticipated issue of Supergirl while GLAAD-nominated Bennett is hard at work on wrapping up one storyline on Bombshells and setting up a new one, as well as working on Batwoman. Amongst a bazillion other things.
SYFY WIRE's Mike Avila got the chance to catch up with both writers to discuss their tantalizing projects. Ayala gave us a preview of that big Girl of Steel story coming up and Bennett teased a Batwoman storyline that's been one year in the making. They also shared which us which female characters they're currently geeking out over.
Coming up for Ayala is Supergirl #19 (slated for a March release), which she co-wrote with Steve Orlando. The official synopsis for the issue reads: "In his search to write a CatCo piece on the truth about Supergirl, Ben Rubel interviews a young kid named Lee Serano, who recently became friends with the Girl of Steel. As Lee struggles with their parents and bullies at school for acceptance as non-binary, Supergirl is caught between punching her way through the problem and standing beside Lee as a symbol of hope."
Speaking to us about the storyline, Ayala said "It's a lot about friendship and about hope, but also about kind of learning how to trust people and allow them to make mistakes but still loving them and trusting them while you do that. And it's told through the lens of this NB character who we're introducing named Lee, so I'm very excited for that."
When we asked Bennett about the projects she's currently working on, the writer offered an update on DC Bombshells before digging into Batwoman. "We're wrapping up our horrible adventures in fascist Spain and then we're heading to alternate history Hawaii for the South Pacific Theater. And then in Batwoman we're returning to Gotham with this grandiose story that I've been working on that we've been building up to for over a year and that I've read 12 different books for research on and it's explosive."
Have a look at our video interview for more, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out SYFY WIRE's Batwoman in 2 minutes.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.