Skip to comments.“Gayness Is Built Into Batman” (DC comics writer interviewed)
Posted on 04/26/2012 12:49:33 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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I remember reading something years ago about the 1960s Batman TV show. The character of “Aunt Harriet” was written into the show because the network (ABC) did not like the idea of Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, and Alfred living together in a house with no women. They insisted that a female character be added to the regular cast. During the third season, the character of Batgirl was added, but I think that was done primarily to try to boost ratings, which were starting to sink at that point. ( I loved Batgirl!)
Being cynical and jaded, I always assumed Batman had to have a Robin for copyright/marketing purposes.
But seriously, your take is a fresh one and, quite honestly, brilliant. One that writers and moviemakers have, to my knowledge, missed.
There have also been periods when the comic went back to fundamentals and Batman as the solo "Dark Knight" -- no Robin. Actually, Robin came along pretty early, but purists didn't really like him, especially after the campy 1960s television show.
The thing to understand is that most of these comic book characters had sidekicks, woman or boy or girl auxiliaries or assistants, or younger selves featured in stories or in their own comic book. So there was Superboy and Supergirl, Kid Flash, etc. Green Lantern and Green Arrow and Acquaman also had sidekicks. They helped to generate stories and sell comics and gave a "family feel" to comics at a time when that was thought to be a good thing.
We need a caption contest for that cover! “Don’t worry son, this won’t hut much.” Yikes!
I guess that is why I'm an engineer, not a philosopher.
Yes. And they gave him the name of a friend of mine. Of course it was a coincidence.
These publishers and writers may own the copyright, but they have to realize they're the stewards of a tradition that,in some cases, goes back over half a century. They shouldn't mess with it.
He is wearing a Speedo with a silk cape!
“Ironically I find that a lot of young people who are into anime may not overtly call themselves conservatives but they beleive in a lot of the principles of conservatism and liberatianism.”
Exactly. Almost every hero aside from the obvious high school male kid, surrounded by beautiful girls harem’ has the embodiment of conservatism. Try Zetman where the hero is just a kid who wants just stop the evil monsters using his monster powers which were not his in the first place. Even from Code Geass to Gundam, the heroes just want to prevail over evil. Period.
No wonder I’m more into manga..
No wonder I noticed Batman getting gay in the late 80’s! lol
Even with the dialogue, it’s disconcerting.
Bruce Wayne had a ‘defining moment’ when he was that age, standing still while his parents were gunned down- and is for SOME reason interested in training a child that age to beat armed men.......
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