That’s very important and something we reinforced. People in the Bat family their personal lives basically suck. Dick Grayson, rest in peace—oops shouldn’t have said that,—Bruce Wayne, Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon and Kathy Kane. It’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s equally important that they set them aside. That is our mandate, that is our edict and that is our stand.So mark me down as one male longtime comic geek who isn't going to try to defend this bullshit. Even taking DiDio's argument at face value, its an appalling argument.
Ironically, in the main Batman book, writer Grant Morrison had recently been going in a completely different direction, a Batman happier, more functional and connected to a larger world than the character had been in years. Now that he's disengaged from the Batman universe over the last year new writers have quickly returned the character to the devastated emotional cripple with rage issues putting on tights and going out at night to beat people up.
The DC universe has become a bleak landscape littered with desperate attempts to slow a meteoric sales collapse marked by hologram covers, creative teams leaving in disgust and art contests where young new artists looking for their first break are asked to draw a major female character committing suicide - 'but make it funny! And naked.'
Superhero comics are supposed to be fun, does any of this sound fun?