Friday, June 02, 2006

Talk About a Caped Crusader

The New Batwoman (c) DC Comics So the New batwoman is gay. Her name is the same - Kathy Kane - but she is a lipstick lesbian in the new DC Comics series "52". Apparently the straight one - who once tried to hook up with Batman - was killed off in 1979 by the League of Assassins and the Bronze Tiger - a black man who has anger control problems and is a master of several martial arts.

And the new one is a smokin' hot lesbian who is also a Gotham City socialite. And she still has the tight outfit and the hot bod - like all the comic characters - to appeal to the teenaged boys in the audience.

According to the story lines, Kathy Kane is a lesbian socialite in Gotham City after Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman have split the scene. She has had a love affair with another character in the series, Renee Montoya, who is a former police detective who was approached by Two-face, Batman's former nemesis, etc., etc.

So the editors at DC Comics, Dan DiDio, said "We're trying for overall diversity in the DC universe. We have strong African-American, Hispanic and Asian characters. We're trying to get a better cross-section of our readership and the world."

So look for more diverse characters including the Blue Beetle a Mexican character, as well as black and Asian superheroes. But remember - this is all to get you to buy stuff, specifically comic books but also the stuff that advertisers put in the comics, and we're not talking about Charles Atlas's muscle program. It's a multimillion dollar business, so remember all this - the gay character, the tight clothes, the adventure stories, the mixture of intrigue and even alternate universes - are to get you to buy a product.

It's almost as bad as Cisco Systems' blatant ad in the final episode of "24" this season, where Audrey IM's the black admiral at Point Magoo to scramble fighter planes. Right in the middle of Audrey Raines's screen is a big white graphic of the Cisco Systems logo. Remember, it's all about the Benjamins, baby.

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