As many know by now, current Catwoman scribe, Genevieve Valentine has outed Selina Kyle (better known as Catwoman) as a canonical bisexual character in this week's issue of her run. A lot of people are feeling pretty shaken up about this latest development, some for legitimate reasons, and others not. I will say for myself, I have no complaints about Selina being bisexual in and of itself since I don't think it takes away from her character, I think it only adds to it.
As a bisexual woman myself, I can never complain about more representation, even less so if this gives small credence to my theory that the New 52 Helena Wayne (Selina's Earth-2 daughter) is herself bisexual. It would've, in my opinion, made more sense for DC to out Helena as bisexual since she already reads--as of issue #1 of her Huntress miniseries--as a queer character, most notably during her scenes with her best friend, Karen Starr (Power Girl) in Worlds' Finest.
But! Despite this seemingly progressive development for an iconic female character like Catwoman, there is a consistent pattern with the way DC has been attempting diversify their line in the last three years that I think is worth addressing. Two in fact. The first is DC's very noticeable pattern of erasing their more iconic couples that have challenged many of our ideas about gender and relationships for decades from the current continuity. From the long time erasure of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor to that of Batman and Catwoman, to even that of DC's longest standing flagship couple of Superman and Lois Lane.