A brand new ‘Batman’ comedian confirms that sidekick Robin is queer
The most recent problem of a Batman comedian collection confirms the Caped Crusader’s lovable sidekick, Robin, is queer.
Tim Drake, certainly one of a number of characters to have taken up Robin’s mantle within the comics, accepts a date with a male pal within the new problem of “Batman: City Legends,” a collection that debuted earlier this yr.
The difficulty’s remaining web page sees Drake go to his pal Bernard at his residence after the 2 shared a second of surprising connection (and Drake, as his alter ego Robin, should rescue Bernard from a villain). Within the final panel, Drake tells Bernard, beaming, “Yeah … yeah, I believe I need that” after Bernard asks him out.
“[The issue] occurred as a result of that is who Tim is,” comedian author Meghan Fitzmartin stated in an interview with Polygon. “I really like this character very a lot, and as I went again to reread as a lot as I may to do Robin justice, it grew to become clear that is the story Tim wanted to inform.”
Followers have lengthy seen Batman’s loyal sidekick as a probably queer character for the reason that first Robin, Dick Grayson, made his comics debut within the 1940s. In a 2016 article for Slate, tailored from his e book on the World’s Biggest Detective, tradition critic Glen Weldon documented a couple of cases that made readers’ ears perk up. These embody depictions of Batman and Robin mendacity subsequent to one another, bare, in separate beds; Batman and Robin waking up in the identical mattress; Robin throwing jealous suits when Batman entertained feminine love pursuits. Former Batman comedian author Grant Morrison even informed Playboy journal that “gayness is constructed into Batman.”
Regardless of many years of followers clamoring for queer Robin content material, the sidekick’s sexuality was by no means overtly acknowledged, although varied iterations of Robin, from Drake to newer addition Damian Wayne, have had relationships with girls within the comics.
Talking to Polygon, Fitzmartin stated that Drake’s new relationship doesn’t erase his previous dalliances with girls (most notably Stephanie Brown, who moonlights because the hero Spoiler).
“I wished to pay tribute to the truth that sexuality is a journey … Nevertheless, Tim remains to be figuring himself out,” Fitzmartin informed Polygon. “I don’t assume he has the language for all of it … but.”
The door is open for Drake and Bernard’s relationship to evolve within the subsequent problem of “Batman: City Legends.” However they be part of a rising constellation of LGBTQ characters within the DC universe: There’s Batwoman, often known as Kate Kane, who at one level was punished for her relationship with one other girl underneath the US army’s former “Don’t Ask, Don’t Inform” coverage; Harley Quinn, who’s ditched the Joker for her pal Poison Ivy in current comedian runs; and the transgender scientist Victoria October, who debuted in a 2017 Batman collection.
DC and fellow comics juggernaut Marvel have each began to incorporate extra LGBTQ characters of their tales. Each firms launched particular anthology comics starring queer and trans characters in June to coincide with Delight Month.