SPOILER ALERT! Spoilers for Batman #32 below!
In this week's Batman #32, she says yes! And that’s even after Batman, for the sake of naked honesty, confesses a potential dealbreaker in Issue #24: that he was dangerously close to stabbing the Riddler, until the Joker intervened (the Joker saving anyone is even more ironic, whether or not it was accidental). Not that the scum of Gotham should keep crawling around, but a fatal blow with the knife would have been violating his own ironclad code of conduct, which forbids murder.
“That, to me, is what true love is,” writer Tom King told USA Today, which revealed the major spoilers for the upcoming issue. “It’s showing who you truly are to someone. It’s letting someone know deep down who you are, and that’s horribly frightening, and it scares Batman as much as anything ever has.”
King was also careful to note why the bat-cat match works:
“They’re two broken people, and because they’re broken, they have the edges that fit together.”
Don’t expect a frothy white wedding in the issues to come, even with the next storyline being called “Rules of Engagement.” Batman’s updated relationship status will only complicate things for an already complicated character. In his 78 years of existence in the DC Universe, Batman has leaped from the tops of skyscrapers and delved into the darkest sewers and alleys of Gotham to combat some of the most deranged villains around, but he’s never really navigated the emotional labyrinth called marriage.
Meaning, for him at least, the Joker is probably not as strange a bedfellow as a wife.
Then there’s the issue of what the rest of Gotham will think, from the other Justice Leaguers to Bruce Wayne's butler. Never mind the fandom.
“Some people are going to think, ‘Oh, my gosh, he’s gone insane, we need to fix him,’” King admitted. “And others will go, ‘He’s gone sane. We finally have a Batman we’ve been looking for.’”
Eavesdrop on this otherwise private moment when Batman #32 flies onto shelves this Wednesday.
(via USA Today)