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DC Comics unveils first openly gay superhero -Lesbian Batwoman.

London, Feb 11 (ANI): DC Comics' first openly gay superhero is a sapphic socialite called Batwoman.

Taking over from Bruce Wayne is a flame-haired lesbian crime-fighter who suffered an untimely demise in a recent issue of Detective Comics' longest-running series, reports The Telegraph.

For over 60 years, Wayne has fronted the iconic Batman publication.

His apparent passing has paved the way for Batwoman - who is described as a "lesbian socialite by night and a crime-fighter by later in the night" - to take over the reigns for at least 12 issues in a run that begins this June.

Writer Greg Rucka told the Comic Book Resources website that the introduction of a lesbian character into the DC roster was "long overdue".

"We have been waiting to unlock her. Yes, she's a lesbian. She's also a redhead. It is an element of her character. It is not her character," he added.

He further dismissed fears of a possible backlash from fans.

"If people are going to have problems with it, that's their issue", Rucka said.

"That's certainly not mine," he added.

Batwoman - whose alter ego is Katherine "Kate" Kane - was introduced into the DC character stable in 1956 as a love interest for the Dark Knight. Her appearance helped stifle persisting rumours about Batman's own sexuality. (ANI)

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