Recently, mainstream news outlets caught wind of the super-makeout session between Superman and Wonder Woman, and wondered what happened to his marriage to Teri Hatcher. Sadly, the Clark/Lois nuptuals, as well as those of Spider-Man and The Flash, have been retconned away because the current editorial teams at Marvel and DC seem to feel that they “aged the characters too much.” I have to say that I find this thought process suspect, given that the age of the comics audience has been steadily increasing since the 1980s, and both Superman and Spider-Man were married for twenty-odd years of stories. More than that, it is becoming kind of repetitive that ALL of the super-heroes are now single tough guys in their mid-20s (except for Aquaman), and even the most upbeat super-types are being given at least part of Batman’s origin. (Dead parents are all the rage, especially in the DCU.)
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) put on it’s own glasses, then didn’t recognize itself in the mirror, asking: As a reader, do you feel there’s really a problem with marriage or similar story beats maturing a character, or is this “problem” all about the creators?