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.”


  1. endo says

    In his graphic novel Arkham Asylum (incidentally, my favorite comic book of all time), Morrison allegedly made the Joker quite gay (or bisexual, in keeping with his Bowie comments) and showed him flirting with Batman.

    But Warner Bros. toned it down because Tim Burton’s Batman movie was coming out around the same time it was published.

  2. Wolf Sawyer says

    Cue the hate groups saying they’re SEXUALIZING COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS AND CHILDREN, and that Batman is gay because of no proper mother or father.


    Unsurprisingly, comic blog comment sections are all aghast at this statement (which, frankly, I’m not too thrilled about either…why must Morrison use “deviant” and imply pedophilia when discussing gayness)?

  4. Caliban says

    Wolf, those criticisms of Batman (and Wonder Woman) have been around at least since the 1950s when Frederic Wertham’s “Seduction Of The Innocent” was published, which resulted in the Comics Code that for decades stifled topics like homosexuality and other “moral” issues from being addressed. Wertham’s main targets were the “horror comics” which he blamed almost exclusively for the “juvenile delinquency” of the baby boomer generation, but he also took time to deride Batman and Wonder Woman as “homosexual wish-fantasies.”

    There’s a webpage dedicated to inadvertent (?) gay subtext in Batman and other comics, many of them hilarious.

  5. Chitown kev says

    Well, deviant MAY be an appropriate word because of the Batman/Catwoman history…the one woman that he wants he can’t have (although on Earth 2 back in the day he did marry Catwoman…the Huntress was the daughter of the Earth 2 batman.

    But…yeah, always gay subtext there.

  6. Jennifer says

    Showing yet again that Morrison is an overrated hack. “he’s more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid.”

    What is that supposed to mean? This comments plays in to idiotic stereotypes.

    Morrison’s run on Batman was dull and he is destroying Superman in Action. However because some people think he’s “cool” they run to read him. Meanwhile writers like Bryan Q. Miller, SChris Roberson , Gail Simone have to jump through hoops to get noticed.

    Speaking of Gail Simone, she writes about the LGBT community respectfully. Her characters aren’t considered “deviant” or because they wear certain clothes or hang out with “an old guy and the kid” they’re said to be gay.

    This is, in my opinion, yet another idiotic stereotype that harkens back to Tinky Winky and his purple purse.

  7. Jennifer says

    Wow Endo. You sure told me. I guess the only thing left to say which rises to the level of your oh so brilliant post is:

    I’m rubber you’re glue. Everything you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.

  8. Cassandra says

    Jennifer, did you know that ‘Endo’ is “short for ‘endodontic root treatment’ in dentistry, otherwise known as a root canal” per Wikipedia.

  9. mododavid says

    What the hell does “batman is actually lavender” mean? Does that mean his suit is lavender, because it’s not. Does he mean batman is an afrodisiac because ok, yes.

  10. mododavid says

    What the hell does “batman is actually lavender” mean? Does that mean his suit is lavender, because it’s not. Does he mean batman is an afrodisiac because ok, yes.

  11. endo says

    OMG, Cassandra, that is hilarious! No really, I can’t stop laughing at how clever your wikipedia skills are.

    WTF is up with stupid women on here today? Don’t you have a sandwich to make for someone?

  12. millerbeach says

    Hey Endo, Jennifer is entitled to her opinion, just like everyone else on this board. If you don’t like what she writes, simply don’t read it. To demean her because God gave her ovaries instead of testicles is the height of stupidity. No, wait, your sandwich comment was even more ignorant. I stand corrected.

  13. Distingue Traces says


    It’s been a while since I read the comments here. They used to be a bit more rational than other blogs.

    I’m very sorry to see the site reaching these depths. Maybe a comment flagging system is a good idea?

    On topic, I have to agree that Morrison’s comments were pretty shallow – but of course an interview in Playboy magazine may not have given him space for a lot of nuance.

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