Batman has always seemed a little light in the batloafers, and we aren’t the only ones who see it. Now for the first time, his sexuality has been openly discussed in the comic book universe. Is that progress? Who can say?
Multiversity: The Just #1, by Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver, was released on October 22 and is set in a world where superheroes have become obsolete (sounds a bit boring). Rather than saving the world from evil villains, Batman and Superman and the likes are treated more like celebrities, and where there are celebrities there are bratty children of celebrities.
In the issue, Alexis Luthor, daughter of Lex Luthor, asks Batman’s son Damian Wayne (who has adopted dad’s masked identity) whether or not the famous recluse takes it in the batcave.
Take a look:
He may not be gay, but he is apparently a curmudgeon. In the next panel he tells all the neighborhood hipsters to turn down their vinyl and vacate his batlawn.
Gay Star News adds this helpful history of the “Batman is gay” theory:
The ‘gay’ interpretation goes all the way back to 1954, when a psychiatrist claimed that the comic books were ‘homosexual fantasies’.
The 1995 feature film Batman Forever, and especially its 1997 sequel Batman & Robin, both helmed by openly gay director Joel Schumacher, attracted attention for the homoerotic innuendos.
George Clooney himself said he played Batman as gay in the films.
And a few years ago, Morrison (a Batman writer) said to Playboy: ‘He’s very plutonian in the sense that he’s wealthy and also in the sense that he’s sexually deviant. Gayness is built into Batman.
‘I’m not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There’s just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he’s intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay.’
h/t Gay Star News