UPDATED: Batwoman's origin story to be told in Detective Comics

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Update: OK, that's the last time we pick up a story from a British tabloid. Here's the real story. Comic Book Resources interviewed Greg Rucka at New York Comic Con last week, where he told them he had been working on Batwoman for going on two years now and was going to re-introduce her in "Battle for the Cowl."

"It's a perfect time for people to get a proper introduction to Batwoman," Rucka told the site. "It's long overdue." The news is that a character other than Batman is taking the lead in a Detective Comics arc.

It's acknowledged that the character has been around for years, but this is a new origin story for her.

For his part, Rucka says he has no memory of ever saying Batwoman was "socialite by night crime-fighter by later in the night." Apparently this was made up by the BBC and widely picked up by everyone else.

In his CBR Q&A, Rucka says: "Let's get this straight. Her sexual orientation wasn't revealed in '52.' Her sexual orientation was revealed in a New York Times article. And the New York Times article got all this attention and got picked up all over the place and quotes from the article somehow mysteriously came from Dan DiDio, things that he never said and so on, so by the time she showed up in '52,' what happened was every one said, 'Oh, the gay one.'

"Yes, she's a lesbian. She's also a redhead. It is an element of her character. It is not her character. If people are going to have problems with it, that's their issue. That's certainly not mine. My job is to write the best book I can about a character that I think is exceptionally cool, that J.H. Williams thinks is exceptionally cool, that DC Comics thinks is exceptionally cool and worthy of being the lead player in Detective Comics. And frankly, she should be judged on her merits.

"People should be skeptical of the character. They absolutely should. They've barely seen her. And if I were a fan, I'd be going, 'Great, we've got a redhead wearing a Bat suit. And it's not Barbara Gordon. And she's gay. This is all I've heard about her.' As a fan, I'd be like, 'That's not much of a character.' And they'd be right. That's not a whole lot to go on."

The British Independent newspaper reports that DC Comics will introduce a red-haired lesbian Batwoman to take the place of Batman following his death two months ago.

The publisher of Detective Comics, which for 60 years has charted the recently deceased Bruce Wayne/Caped Crusader, revealed that future editions will star his longstanding female counterpart, whose real name is Kathy Kane, described as "a lesbian socialite by night and a crime-fighter by later in the night," the newspaper reported.

Batwoman will be the subject of at least 12 issues. It will be the most high-profile appearance by a gay superhero in any book published by the legendary DC Comics.

Batwoman wears knee-high red stiletto boots and a figure-hugging black outfit. Two years ago, she made headlines when it emerged that she was the ex-lover of Renee Montoya, a Gotham City police detective. Writer Greg Rucka is in charge of this summer's run of Detective Comics.

The last episode of Detective Comics ended with Batman's millionaire alter-ego Bruce Wayne being ejected from a speeding aircraft without his cape and cowl. He is now presumed dead.