I think most people assumed Robin was bi or at least a bit gay given the fact he’s been running around in tights for about 50 years (not to mention his name is ‘Robin’ ffs). Well it’s now been officially acknowledged in the latest installment of ‘Batman: Urban Legends’, and has prompted the sort of reaction you might expect.
Here’s how it plays out in the comic:
Well, at least he’s not bumming Alfred I suppose. Here are some of the comments – good and bad – doing the rounds:
The problem is not that he’s bi, it’s how easily they’re willing to just alter a beloved 40 year old character in order to appeal to trends.
Make a newer character bi, not Tim. Even Damian would be better.
— BANDO HITTER (@FAKEMikeyBoy) August 10, 2021
That crazy!! My 9 year old grandson reads that stuff and is that really necessary!!! Who cares what Robin or anyone else does in the bedroom.
— Shelley Oxford (@IBFreakingirl) August 10, 2021
Guys, Robin has been presumed gay since the 1950’s. You’re 70 years late to be mad at this.
— Ron (@RxN5891) August 10, 2021
Straights gonna be maaaaaaaaaad
— ʜqɘƚꙄ (@StephInKCK) August 10, 2021
Its a mf comic, why does it matter what sexuality they are
— Waffles! 🙂 (@WasWaffles) August 10, 2021
Just say you’re homophobic and leave it alone. A character coming out does nothing to change that character in any way but who he has a chance of having canon relationships with in the future.
— Tim Drake Is Bi!!!! || Rhi (@NightStarsFall) August 10, 2021
The creators would be rolling in their graves right now seeing what these people are doing to their beloved characters
— AP (@Drepablo) August 10, 2021
Obviously there are a ton of different comics and interpretations of Robin out there, so just because he’s bisexual in this instalment doesn’t mean he’s bisexual across the comic book universe. Do the people having a meltdown over this realise that? Yeah OK I get the argument that they could just invent a fresh bisexual/gay character, but it’s really no biggie. Although as I say, even old school Robin was camp as f*ck back in the day. Batman too for that matter, but especially Robin.
I guess part of the fun is watching people overreact to it, although I do get it’s obviously a push to get more LGBT audiences to consume their media. It’s Robin after all – one of the most popular characters in the series. Easier to slap the sexuality on him rather than introduce a character who is openly bi from the beginning. Let’s hope they draw the line at a full on Batman/Robin gay relationship though. That might be too much to handle.
To watch a guy in a Spider-Man costume break up a fight in NYC while Batman just stood there and watched, click HERE. Poor form by the Caped Crusader.