Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done ‘The night is so dark,’ ” King says. “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.”
Batman had had a slew of love interests over the years, from reporter Vicki Vale to supervillainess Talia al Ghul — he even shared a kiss once with Wonder Woman (sorry, Steve Trevor). But what makes Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle, the closest thing to a soulmate is her ability to bring down Batman’s emotional shield and find a connection
“Catwoman is someone who’s seen his pain and has been through stuff as bad as he has been through,” King says. “She says, ‘Look, both of us are broken, but we can be broken together.’ ”
When the writer was working on how he would have Batman propose, King would get advice from his 7-year-old daughter, who’s obsessed with both superheroes and romance.