Grant Morrison to 'Playboy:' 'Gayness Is Built Into Batman'
Grant Morrison, the legendary comic writer most recently famous for totally reinvigorating DC Comics' family of Batman title and currently helming Action Comics, recenelty sat down with Playboy magazine to psycho-analyse some of DC's most famous heroes, including the Caped Crusader. And according to Morrison, the always gloomy Batman is actually lavender.
Via Bleeding Cool:
He’s very plutonian in the sense that he’s wealthy and also in the sense that he’s sexually deviant. 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.
Of course Morrison's insight isn't too deep: Batman and most of the various Robins have been dodging those pesky rumors for decades now.
As for the other characters Morrison dissects in the interview, he points out that Superman was originally a "champion of the oppressed and fought on the side of the working man," a theme Morrison has integrated into his Action Comics work, and the writer also likens Batman villain the Joker to David Bowie. "He’s Batman’s perfect opposite, and because of that he’s as sexy as Batman, if not more so… I quite like him, because he’s a pop star—he’s like Bowie."