Hey everyone! @StrangeVisitor and I recently were talking about a few odd relationships in DC. It got me thinking about other weird relationships! Post the weirdest ones you’ve come across!
Comet and Supergirl has to be the weirdest one ever for me!
Lois and Bruce.
I realized DC themselves lamp shaded this, so to speak, as far back as the 1950s, with the original meet up of Bruce Wayne and Lois Clark on the yacht, but this was never done as either more than a fan fic type “What if” or very clearly for the LOLZ until Bruce Timm got his paws on the characters and had the writers canonize some of his own fan fic type fantasies.
By and large, even when the image might be risque or suggestive:
Lois was always, by and large, simply the partner to Bruce’s best friend who could not just keep up with Batman, but make him back down.
So any implication of a sexual relationship just feels bizarre and a romantic one is just incomprehensible, given that Bruce/Batman can barely have romantic relationships with people he interacts with on the regular like Talia or Selina, etc. etc.
Even a Lois relationship with Lex makes far more ‘sense’ in a manner of speaking when it’s presented in an Elseworld like Red Son, or presented as part of Lois’ past, as in Lois & Clark, the New Adventures of Superman.
The comic this image is from is really fun, though. One of my favorites from the “President Lex” storyline.
Oh don’t get me wrong, Loeb’s entire run, with Kelly, is amongst my favorites modern Supes, even more so than Tomasi, because it was longer and more varied. But you have to admit that cover, out of context, implies something a bit more between Lois and Bruce, even if it’s just a very friendly team-up. And sure, that’s how McGuinness drew his females, but it’s also art selection by the editors and conceptualization of the art. While nowhere near as bad as the Silver Age covers that promised something that never even came close to happening inside, it’s still not necessarily the most descriptive image they could have picked for that arc.
I’ve never taken that image to mean anything more than what you said, “a very friendly team-up”.
Glad to see you’re part of Team Loeb and Team Kelly, BTW.
Yes, but you READ the arc/that story.
I mean for people who simply walk by that cover.
Barbara Gordon and Bruce Wayne
I don’t even know what story that’s from, but I took it as a friendly team up
No, I never took it in that context either. It looks more like a superhero team-up to me.
That was the one I was going to say
One that was getting pushed for a while around 2016 that I never really bought into was Barry Allen and Jessica Cruz. Felt like a disservice to both of them.
That was a thing?!
Mostly in Bryan Hitch’s Justice League, but it always felt like an afterthought.
Their relationship in Johns’s New 52 could be romantic, but I always felt it was platonic, but I know some people have told me they thought it was romantic.
Eugh is right. Although, I take that more as a horrible AU idea than a weird romance.
Weird for Babs… didn’t she go on a “blind” date with Clark back in her Congresswoman days? That seemed so random to me. I don’t really count it as a romance though…
Ok, she also (kind of) dated Ethan Cobblepot (Son of Penguin). That was pretty weird and felt like a missed opportunity - not in terms of romance, but in expanding her supporting cast and fleshing out his character. He got knocked with the villain bat pretty much right away, then severely injured. I think he appeared in Zdarsky’s run, but didn’t fair any better.
Speaking of Flashes, in Titans Rebirth they had a weird romance drama that included Donna and Wally. It seemed forced and awkward considering he remembered most of his pre-Flashpoint life and relationships. It felt like unnecessary drama both in the team itself and for Wally specifically. Similar to your sentiment above, it felt like a disservice to both/all characters involved.
Penguin with Barbara Gordon (against her will!)
Batgirl and Batwing.
I love the idea of Batwing becoming involved with one of DC’s most beautiful heroines, and Luke seems to be portrayed as a very cute boyfriend when he’s with Barbra. However, their relationship doesn’t have that much depth to it, and despite both being genius superheroes, Batwing honestly kind of forgettable as a love interest for Batgirl.
It’s a weird relationship because it doesn’t work for either characters and unfortunately is just another bad trend of pairing different members of the Bat-family with Batgirl.
Are we talking weird- funny or weird- creepy and bad? Because those are two different lists.