All the way back in Batman #24 a question was asked by Bruce Wayne/Batman and before Selina Kyle/Catwoman could answer, he wanted to tell her a story. That story turned out to be the “War of Jokes & Riddles” story arc featuring a war between Riddler and Joker years before that Batman had to choose a side in to save Gotham City.
Wednesday brings Batman #32, the final issue of that story, where Catwoman will give her answer, but ahead of it’s release DC Comics revealed what her answer will be in an interview with USA Today.
There are spoilers below, turn back if you don’t want to know.
After telling the end of the tale which includes him almost choosing to stab and kill Riddler, which would break his cardinal rule of no killing, only to be stopped by the Joker, Selina tells Bruce to ask her to marry him again and this time don’t “demand.” Her response is yes.
“That to me is what true love is,” writer Tom King said. “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. They’re two broken people, and because they’re broken, they have the edges that fit together.”
King said this move will be a big status quo shift for the characters and it wont’ be accepted by everyone in universe. The following arc, titled “Rules of Engagement,” will show the reaction of the Bat family, Alfred, Justice League and many others who hear the news which many find to be out of character for the dark knight.
“Some people are going to think, ‘Oh, my gosh, he’s gone insane, we need to fix him.’ And others will go, ‘He’s gone sane. We finally have a Batman we’ve been looking for,’ ” King said. “Most superheroes, you make them happy and you end conflict — you give Spider-Man a wife and where do you go from there? But Batman’s the opposite: You give him happiness and you create conflict, because he’s fundamentally a sad character.”
Batman #32 arrives on Wednesday.