The final page of the new issue will see Batman unmask himself before Catwoman before dropping to one knee and popping the question, USA Today reports. Although, because this is Batman, it’s less a question that a statement.
Readers won’t get to see Catwoman’s response for a while — the next issue begins a flashback storyline intended to run for a number of issues, bringing both the Joker and the Riddler back into the series — but the cliffhanger builds on a long-running plot line that writer Tom King has been working on since the comic book series was relaunched last summer. The entire run has seen Batman and Catwoman work on their (very dysfunctional) relationship while the Dark Knight also struggles with the idea that being Batman might not be the healthiest thing for his sanity.
“Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done ‘The night is so dark,’” King told USA Today. “Giving Batman more pain doesn’t reveal anything about his character because he’s taken as much pain as he can. But giving him love and joy, that combines with the tragedy of his past into something new and never done before.”
As unexpected as it might be, if Catwoman says yes, this won’t be the first time the two characters have been married. The Batman and Catwoman of alternate world Earth-Two — a revisionist take on the characters as originally introduced in the 1930s and '40s — were not only revealed to be married in their retirement during the 1970s, but they had a daughter who would go on to fight crime herself under the name the Huntress.
Is comic book history about to repeat itself…? Batman #24 will be available in comic book stores and through digital platforms tomorrow.