Retrieved June 21, He also identifies a homophobic element to the vigour with which mainstream fandom rejects the possibility of a homosexual reading of the character. Homosexual interpretations of Batman and Robin have attracted even more attention during the Modern Age of Comic Booksas sexual and LGBT themes became more common and accepted in mainstream comics. Batman's sidekick Bluebird Harper Row is also a bisexual woman. And there's the scandalized innuendo of the s Senate witch hunt into the deviant influence of comics on juvenile delinquents ignited up by psychologist Fredric Wertham's notorious study Seduction of the Innocent ; but it didn't start there. Batman has no time for the conventional heternormativity that he lost when his parents were killed.
Wertham perceived the gayness of Batman, and perhaps even went looking for it, but he did not invent it.
The Gayness of Batman: A Brief History
Retrieved 9 March That implies that gay people know nothing about sublimating sexual urges. The New York Times reports: As Morrison himself says, Batman is intended to be heterosexual. In film In video games In amusement parks In children's books.
For gay readers in the s, the introduction of Robin to Detective Comics did not sexualize Robin; it sexualized Batman. Miller is right to say that Batman presents as someone who sublimates his sexual - and romantic - inclinations into his obsessive crime-fighting mission. Batman did not just fight aggressive women, he also fought flamboyance and unashamed self-expression. Enemabag Jones An anti-gay bigot lied, skewered facts, and misrepresented his research? Tilley writes, these quotations actually come from two young men, ages 16 and 17, who were in a sexual relationship with each other, and who told Wertham they were more likely to fantasize about heroes like Tarzan or the Sub-Mariner, rather than Batman and Robin. Archived from the original on April 13, Seduction of the Innocent.