What the World needs now is Gay Batman

Grant Morrison, comic book author of such classics as The Invisibles, All-Star Superman and Batman and Robin, has recently said that Batman is gay.

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. I think that’s why people like it. All these women fancy him and they all wear fetish clothes and jump around rooftops to get to him. He doesn’t care — he’s more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid.

The Quote can be found here, along with information on his upcoming Wonder Woman project and his defence of his treatment of Magneto during his X-men run.

I’ve been a fan of Grant Morrison’s early work, having not made much progress on his work with more well-known superheroes, such as Superman and the already mentioned Batman. I do like to keep up with him, mainly because Grant Morrison says things that make me happy inside. For instance, there is something that makes a bit of sense about Batman being gay, and having someone who has written on Batman go out and say “Yes, Batman is gay.” There have been a few comments from the less socially advanced folks, and we all know that the folks at DC won’t be letting Batman out of the Bat Closet anytime soon. In and off itself, I don’t think this is a problem for Batman, because part of the whole Batman image works on a gay subtext. We’re more used to Batman being openly gay, and to be honest there is something very fascinating about works dealing with views of sexuality when we were not allowed to talk about it. This usually gives culture critics such as myself delightfully strange things to analyze.

Mind you, Batman is not just relegated to a past relic. He has remained a part of the cultural mindset into the modern-day. The fear is that, by Grant Morrison declaring Batman gay, we are somehow insulting the character. The fact is, Batman is isolated from traditional masculine notions for a while now. He runs around on rooftops in a cape and a bat suit, he is not a normal human being. Further more, I think that Batman’s gayness can in fact be a good thing considering how god-damn stifling our society can be. In an age where Conservatives try to control our bodies and sexualities, what we really need know is a gay Batman.

So in conclusion, I say we should bring back that anarchic campiness that makes superheroes great. We should have Batman swinging into California saying that Prop 8 is a plan by the Riddler or somebody to…get…something, I don’t know their batman villains, they do all kinds of crazy shit. Can’t be the Joker though, because the Joker is way to Chaotic Evil for the Republican’s Lawful Evil. Dick Cheney would be all, “We’re going to control the world with chemtrails,” and the Joker would be all like “Yeah, but what if we replaced all the chemtrails with tapioca?” Then Dick Cheney would say “What? We can’t do that?” and then the Joker would be all “Well, I already stole all your chemtrails and will be putting them in the water supply,” and then the Joker breaks Dick Cheney’s legs and Dick Cheney is all like “Fuck, why did I ever decided to work with this guy. I should have totally listened to Lex.”

Where was I? Oh, right, Gay Batman. My point is Batman has an undercurrent of gayness to him and that is why we love him. Confusion over his sexual identity is as much part of Batman’s identity as being a parental abandonment issues and being the world’s greatest detective. If people have a problem with that then more’s the pity for them. Grant Morrison has simply voiced something that for a long time we have always known but never wanted to actually mention.

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