In the progressive push to re-write iconic comic and action heroes to conform to LGBT narratives, Batman’s sidekick, Robin, has become the latest casualty.
The third Robin in the official Batman timeline, “Tim Drake” has been depicted as heterosexual since first appearing in 1989. That just changed, however, as “Batman: Urban Legends #6” dropped the bomb that Tim (Robin) is attracted to Bernard Dowd, a character introduced in “Batman: Urban Legends #4,” who realizes he (Bernard) is bisexual because of his attraction to Tim. In #6, Tim accepts Bernard’s offer to go on a date.
The Twitterverse reacted predictably, openly pointing out that this change only happened because of lengthy and intense pressure from the LGBT lobby:
Tim Drake finally coming out is so inspiring, DC never wanted a queer Robin but after years and years of campaigning from writers and fans it finally happened
A big thank you to Meghan Fitzmartin, Belén Ortega and Alejandro Sánchez for making this moment so beautiful ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xb5YugEYd9
— Neb | 🏳️🌈 (@NebsGoodTakes) August 10, 2021
Others, however, have mixed feelings.
Commenter Johnny Oleksinski addressed the subject in a New York Post piece that mockingly began with “We the gay people have finally reached the Everest of equality.” He noted that it felt like these gay superhero retcons (retroactively canon, a term for changing the “official” history of a fictional character or story after it has been written) seemed “to me like more empty pandering for my money.”
Oleksinski also cited examples such as J.K. Rowling’s constant progressive changes to Harry Potter franchise characters as a way in which such pandering cheapens characters and weakens stories.
Comics themselves have continued to be ever more woke and “diversified,” so that now even Marvel Comics’ iconic Captain America is coming out as gay. This in spite of Marvel suffering some past backlash for injecting woke politics into its heroes. As far back as 2017, Marvel’s Vice-President of Sales was openly admitting that sales were down in rejection of the new, woke heroes. While Marvel can still rely on rehashing its “core” stories on the screen in the MCU for massive profits, DC Comics has paled by comparison, with the last memorable movie being 2019’s “Joker,” and prior to that, 2009’s “Watchmen.”
It is also worth noting that gay undertones in Batman have been alleged before. As far back as 1954, Fredric Wertham alleged that “Batman stories are psychologically homosexual” in his book “Seduction of the Innocent.” Campy and exotic styles of the day were later associated with gay culture. Batman and Robin’s proclivity for wearing their underpants on the outside has also inspired plenty of snide jokes, and even a Saturday Night Live skit:
While the future of DC Comics and the Batman franchise isn’t certain, it is clear where Robin is officially going – out with his friend Bernard.
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