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News flash: Batman is gay

According to an article on (Europe?s Largest Gay News Network), Action Comics writer Grant Morrison says the Batman character is gay.

“Gayness is built into Batman,” he said, adding, “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.”

Hmm. Okay. I guess as much as all the rest of the tights wearing superheroes.

Community Comments

#1 Anna Martina
@ 12:25 pm

Okay, so now we can just declare characters “gay” regardless of the sexuality that their creator intended them to have? Why not start declaring known heterosexuals to have been gay too? And then we can start changing people’s religions as well! (Oh wait, the Mormons are already doing that.)

But seriously, it bothers me to no end when somebody just changes major aspects of somebody else’s work like that and then acts like that’s the real thing. I didn’t like it when Whoopi did that to Peppermint Patty, and I don’t like it now.

#2 Clay Jones
@ 12:34 pm

He does adopt a 15-year old boy and make him wear green shorty shorts with tights. Just saying.

#3 Stephen Beals
@ 12:36 pm

Eeyore? Gay. Marvin the Martian? Gay. So obvious. Plastic Man? Transgendered. Speed Buggy? Definitely bi. Wonder Woman? Also bi. No surprises there. Bat-Mite? Surprisingly straight.

Hey, I could do this all day. Getting press is easy!

#4 Pab Sungenis
@ 2:22 pm

Not everyone who is homosexual is gay, and not everyone who is gay is homosexual.

#5 Donald Rex Jr
@ 10:38 pm

I tried many times to write something observational and insightful about being gay, but it always just sounds stupid.

#6 donna lewis
@ 11:32 am

Of course Batman is gay. I slept with him in the 80’s. All the men I slept with during that time period turned out to be gay.

#7 Rich Diesslin
@ 12:33 pm

Donna – wow! Funny. I think Grant is thinking of the SNL superheros. Of course, if by gay he means funny, happy and jovial … well that doesn’t fit either. ;)

#8 donna lewis
@ 12:40 pm

Rich – I’m sure I slept with them too.

I was searching for meaning and identity (in all the wrong places) in the 80’s. Hint to women: never sleep with men who love your clothes more than you do. Just sayin’…..

#9 Graham Nolan
@ 1:10 pm

What an idiotic statement. Not sure who Morrison was outing, Batman or himself.

#10 JW Wills
@ 12:07 pm

Morrison is responsible for some of the worst Batman storylines ever. He has wrecked the character. I guess Bruce Wayne just wasn’t “himself” the night he fathered his son Damien with Talia al Ghul.

Morrison’s a hack.

#11 Pete McDonnell
@ 1:28 pm

Morrison’s really re-hashing ancient concepts; read chapter 7 of Jules Feiffer’s ‘The Great Comic Book Heroes’, published in 1965…he handily knocks over all of Frederick Wertham’s assertions about homosexual behavior in superheroes and their sidekicks.

#12 Eric Burke
@ 8:20 pm

Ditto JW. Hated his work on Batman titles.

#13 Jim Lavery
@ 8:01 am

Gay is gay.

#14 Donald Rex Jr
@ 8:44 am

The Invisibles is still one of my fav comics. Kind of a gay comic book.

#15 Pab Sungenis
@ 10:26 am

@JW Wills – Let’s be fair, Damian Wayne’s first appearance wasn’t by Morrison by by Mark Waid in “Kingdom Come” as the Son of the Bat.

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