Selina Kyle, also known as the original Catwoman and long-time frenemy of Batman, is bisexual. The latest issue of her titular comic series, Catwoman #39: Better Than He Does Himself confirms the dark heroine’s long-rumored sexuality.
In the comic, for those who are not already reading, Kyle is currently the premiere crime boss of Gotham City, leaving the mask of Catwoman to Eiko Hasigawa — the daughter of the head of a Japanese mafia and incidentally, Kyle’s current (complicated) love interest.
Writer Genevieve Valentine wrote about the latest issue on her blog on Feb. 26 and calls Kyle “canon bisexual,” meaning the plot of Kyle’s sexuality, as well as her relationship with Hasigawa is ongoing. That is not something to be swept under the rug.
“This wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation. And as Mark Doyle and I were first hashing out the relationships in this arc, Eiko seemed like the right person,” Valentine wrote on her blog, adding, “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.”
In addition, Valentine points out on her blog that Kyle’s past relationship with Batman isn’t going to be wiped away. “That is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works.”
Despite always being a sexually open and progressive character in her own write, Kyle is not the first DC Comics character to come out. In fact, she isn’t even the first Catwoman to come out. In a 2004 GLAAD Award-winning comic, Holly Robinson, an openly lesbian character, donned the catsuit for Kyle.
Kyle is one of a handful of popular LGBT characters in the DC family — including Batwoman, the Green Lantern, and Alysia Yeoh, who is Batgirl’s roommate.
Though she’s not the first, she’s certainly still an icon (if not the biggest icon). She’s not an alternative universe iteration or a second generation or any kind of placeholder character — she is the original like Bruce Wayne. And that is news fans can definitely celebrate.