I just saw the preview for Justice League 31 on the IGN website, and something in it really bothered me. This something has been bothering me for a while in comics.
Dinah decks Ollie, her husband, because he embarrassed her. It isn’t playful roughhousing, or a light smack on the shoulder, or even a slap. She punches him, and he gets up and says that he deserved it. Then Hal Jordan, Ollie’s friend, says that he deserved a lot more than that. Then they go on with the discussion.
No, no, no, no, no.
Let’s run that the other way. Ollie comes up to Dinah and punches her in the face hard enough that she’s knocked to the ground. When she gets up, he tells her that he punched her because she’s his wife and she embarrassed him. Do you think there is a chance in hell that she’d agree? Or that her friends would also agree and the discussion would go on? No. Ollie would go the way of Hank Pym. He’d get thrown out, beaten up, and his character would be marked as a disgrace for the foreseeable future.
This isn’t Batman and Catwoman fighting because they’re on different sides of the law. It isn’t the friendly wrestling matches, or even the full-on fights that we see between vigilantes when things get heated. This is one spouse, in this case the more highly trained martial artist, beating another spouse for not toeing the line. This has happened before with Ollie and Dinah. This is not okay. This needs to stop.