Robin Revealed As LGBTQ in New Batman Comic Book

Batman’s longtime sidekick, Tim Drake, better known as Robin, came out as bisexual in the newest edition of the comic book franchise, “Batman: Urban Legends.”

The sixth installment of Urban Legends is called “Sum of Our Parts.” Meghan Fitzmartin wrote it with art by Belén Ortega, coloring by Alejandro Sanchez, and lettering by Pat Brosseau. TMZ reports that in the new comic book, Drake accepts a date invitation from a male character named Bernard Dowd, which confirms his status as bisexual.

After Robin and Dowd became embroiled in a street fight, Robin’s bisexual story begins to unfold. After Drake, appearing as Robin, saved Dowd, he goes to visit Dowd at his apartment. Drake is seen gearing up before coming face to face with Dowd, saying to himself, “it’s okay, Tim. You got this.”

When Dowd opens the door, Drake says, “I’m really glad you got home okay. I was relieved. And I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about that night. And I — I don’t know what it meant to me. Not yet. But I’d like to figure it out.” Dowd responds by asking Drake on a date, saying, “I was hoping you would. Tim Drake… do you want to go on a date with me?” Drake answers, “Yeah, I think I want that.” The readers are then left to wait for the next installment of the comic to see what happens.

In recent years, comics have started to cater to the LGBTQ population. In March, Marvel revealed their first homosexual Captain America character, Aaron Fischer, an LGBT youth advocate who will appear in the upcoming “United States of Captain America” comic book miniseries.

When that character was announced, creator Aaron Trujillo told Entertainment Weekly that the character is “inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life. He stands for the oppressed and the forgotten.”

He went on to say, “I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.” In addition to Captain America’s Aaron, Robin joins a growing list of other LGBTQ comic book personalities, including Batwoman’s Kate Kane, Northstar’s Jean-Paul Beaubier, and Loki.

Fans have long speculated that Robin may be gay, although he dated women in the past, and him “coming out” as bisexual has some fans quite happy. One Twitter user said, “Crazy thing, I saw Tim DRAKE coming out, years ago.. Congrats to DC for making it a reality.”

Writer Meghan Fitzmartin told Polygon, “I wanted to pay tribute to the fact that sexuality is a journey.” She also took to Twitter to discuss Robin’s coming out, saying, “My goal in writing has always been and will always be to show just how much God loves you. You are so incredibly loved and important and seen. Forever grateful to be trusted with Tim Drake and his story and honored to work with the amazingly talented [Ortega] and [Sánchez].

The Tim Drake character is also slated to be played by Jay Lycurgo in HBO’s upcoming live-action series “Titans” third season, set to premiere on August 12.

 

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