Interracial couples are not something we see often in media, either because people are still touchy about the subject, or because other things. However, that’s not the point of this article.
I wrote this piece so I could share with you some of the interracial couples that exist in the Marvel and DC Universe. Some of them are popular, some of them are unknown, and others we didn’t know a particular character was a person of colour.
[Potential spoilers below]
- Luke Cage & Jessica Jones
This couple became popular thanks to Netflix’s Jessica Jones, but in the comics, this pair has been married for more than 10 years, and even have a daughter together named Danielle (in honor of Danny Rand).
In the comics, their relationship has not been an easy one, dealing with jealousy, insecurities, misunderstandings, the trauma Jessica experienced with Purple Man, amongst other things. But at the end of the day, they love each other above everything else.
She’s even taken his name.
Although in the MCU they were together for a few episodes, it’s still unclear whether Marvel will follow the steps of their comic counterparts or not. However, one thing is sure, we will see them again in the Netflix’s The Defenders this August.
2. Wally West & Lynda Park
It’s canon that Linda Park-West is a Korean-American television reporter for Keystone City.
In comics, the pair has dealt with a lot, like Wally nearly being killed by the Black Flash and Linda being abducted with all of her memories erased. However, it has been proven time after time how much they love one another, and how deep their relationship really is.
Eventually, the pair got married and had twins, and although the events in Infinite Crisis caused Wally to disappear, they still shared one last heartfelt moment.
From what it seems, it’s unlikely we see the pair come to live-action soon.
3. Tyrone “Ty” Johnson & Tandy Bowen
They met in New York as runaways, but with a different backgrounds. Tyrone, a 17-year-old from Boston with a debilitating stutter, ran away when his stutter prevented him from stopping his friend from being shot by a police officer who mistakenly believed that he had robbed a store. Tandy, on the other hand, was a 16-year-old girl from a wealthy background in Ohio who ran away because her rich supermodel mother was too busy to spend time with her.
However, the pair met and became friends, and after a series of events the two gained superpowers, and dubbed themselves Cloak (Tyrone) and Dagger (Tandy), to declare war on drug crime in fighting drug dealers and trying to help runaway children.
Though their relationship has had its ups and downs, they are devoted to each other, although Tandy wants more in life. Tyrone has run away many times, believing the darkness inside him will consume Tandy, not understanding that she is fully willing to use her light power to satisfy his darkness.
We’ll soon see the pair in a Live-Action show, Cloak & Dagger, available on Freeform next year.
4. Talia Al Ghul & Bruce Wayne
Since she’s the daughter of one of the greatest villains Batman’s ever had to face, the pair has a complicated relationship (and that’s putting it mildly).
During their first encounters, Talia showed what most would call loving devotion for the Dark Knight as strong feelings that rivalled those she had for her father. She would often save Batman from her father’s plan, but in the end, she would always choose to remain by her father’s side.
I’m not sure if Batman ever truly loved Talia, but it seems she did love the caped crusader, even calling him ‘My Beloved’ from time to time.
After several encounters with Ra’s, Talia and Bruce eventually had a sexual encounter, from which their son Damian Wayne was born.
The most recent representation we’d have is in The Dark Knight Rises, where she suffered from white-washing (as she was played by Marion Cotillard). Let’s hope the DCEU doesn’t make that same mistake.
5. Renee Montoya & Kate Kane
Renee and Kate come from different backgrounds — Renee is pure working class, while Kate is a rich socialite — but they both have a law and order background, and later become superheroes.
Kate and Renee hook up right after Kate’s kicked out of the military and Renee’s a newly minted cop. As Renee heads toward a detective promotion, Kate finds herself asking how she can make the world better, only to run into the Batman himself, later becoming Batwoman. Renee later became The Question.
On the personal side, Kate’s out to her family and accepted, while Renee’s still very much closeted.
They are both stubborn and want to save the world and themselves, not enjoying when they have to rely on others. However, they do care about one another and will do anything to keep them safe. Currently, their relationship status is that they have broken up.
It’s not certain that we’ll see them soon in live-action form, but The Batman might prove us wrong.
6. Danny Rand & Misty Knight
Yes, this couple might come as a surprise for those who watched Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but the pair have come a long way as they are long-time love interests and lovers in comics.
Rand and Knight have remained in an on-again/off-again relationship over the years, but they seem destined to stay together, even though they suffered a “phantom pregnancy” (a side effect caused by Danny Rand’s Chi powers). This event proved to be a relationship killer at the time, and a really bad excuse for not wanting them to have a baby, but hey, comics are weird.
This couple also shares the title for being the first interracial kiss in mainstream comics, back in 1977.
NOTE: I’m talking about comics. It is Captain Kirk and Uhura who hold the title for first on-screen interracial kiss.
We’ll see the pair again in Netflix’s The Defenders when it arrives on August 18.
7. Selina Kyle & Bruce Wayne
Yes, Bruce Wayne is a well known playboy, so the odds were high on him appearing twice on this list, and yes, Selina Kyle is canonically of Cuban heritage. It was revealed in Catwoman #81 and later confirmed in Catwoman #89 by Harley Quinn.
This is one of the most well-known and popular ships in comics, known as “BatCat” and although the couple has been on and off for over 70 years, they know each other’s secret identities. While they have never been ‘an official couple’ it’s known by many that they care about each other deeply. Though there’s more to their story than what we see at first glance.
In the Earth-Two continuity, their story developed to the point were Catwoman was reformed and Batman admitted his love for her, marrying shortly after and having a daughter, Helena Wayne, who would later become the Huntress.
In Earth-One, Catwoman and Batman were often at odds since they were on different sides of the law, but eventually, Catwoman was reformed and Batman accepted her as part of the vigilante team in Gotham City. Coincidentally, Bruce Wayne also started a romantic relationship with Selina Kyle. Despite these developments, Catwoman realized Batman (and Bruce) could not totally trust her, and she would always leave Gotham to keep away from both men who were one and the same.
In the continuity we know, however, Batman has put his mission first time after time, always choosing Gotham and its protection above everything else…until recently.
In the last issue of Batman Rebirth, we got to see a shocking (although lovely) proposal.
We can see a live-action version of the pair in Gotham, set to return with it’s fourth season on Fox.
- Apollo & Midnighter
- Dick Grayson & Koriand’r
- Superman & Lois Lane (because Superman is an alien, of another race)
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