Long-time Batman writer Grant Morrison has told Playboy magazine that he believes The Dark Knight is a “sexual deviant” and “utterly gay” in a fascinating interview that may change our understanding of his Bat-books.
Morrison, writer of DC Comics’ Batman franchise has being writing the character since 2006, a run that has included the storylines “Batman & Son”, “Batman R.I.P.”, “Batman and Robin” and “The Return of Bruce Wayne”. His newest project is “Batman Incorporated” which returns to shelves next month as part of DC’s second wave of new 52 comic titles.
His approach to the Batman character hasn’t been to everyone’s liking and perhaps this reading of the Bob Kane creator character is why a portion of Bat fans are turned off by his books.
“He’s very plutonian in the sense that he’s wealthy and also in the sense that he’s sexually deviant,” Morrison said of Bruce Wayne. “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.”
Bat-readers… do you agree with Morrison’s reading of The Caped Crusader and do you see where he is coming from? We certainly do with the Adam West era and the 60′s TV show and also Joel Schmaucher’s infamous 1997 camptastic Batman & Robin but the more recent Bat-fodder? I’m not so sure.
You can read the full Morrison interview with Playboy titled ‘The Super Psyche’ HERE.