Batman’s sidekick Robin comes out as bisexual in DC Comic’s latest book


One of DC Comics’ most beloved superhero characters has come out as bisexual.  

In the newly-released installment of ‘Batman: Urban Legends,’ the Caped Crusader’s longtime sidekick Robin, a.k.a Tim Drake, agrees to go on a date with a male character named Bernard Dowd, teasing his LGBTQ status.  

Tim/Robin has a ‘lightbulb moment’ when fighting alongside  Bernard during a brawl, eventually rescuing Bernard in the process. 

Fans of the comic welcomed the revelation saying they suspected Drake may be bisexual or gay for years. 

In the newly-released installment of ‘Batman: Urban Legends,’ the Caped Crusader’s longtime sidekick Robin, a.k.a Tim Drake, (pictured) agrees to go on a date with a male character named Bernard Dowd, teasing his LGBTQ status.

In the latest issue, Tim/Robin has a 'lightbulb moment' when fighting alongside Bernard during a brawl, eventually rescuing Bernard in the process

In the latest issue, Tim/Robin has a ‘lightbulb moment’ when fighting alongside Bernard during a brawl, eventually rescuing Bernard in the process

The superhero later pays Bernard a visit at his apartment, but not before psyching himself up. 

‘It’s OK, Tim. You got this,’ Drake’s says before ringing Bernard’s door. 

‘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,’ Drake continues. 

Bernard responds with a smile saying, ‘I was hoping you would. Tim Drake … do you want to go on a date with me?’

The episode ends with a cliffhanger, as Drake answers Bernard’s request with, ‘Yeah, yeah, I think I want that.’ 

Although agreeing to go on a date with someone of the same sex doesn’t automatically make you bisexual, devout fans continuously speculated over Drake’s sexual orientation since the character was first introduced in 1940. 

Although agreeing to go on a date with someone of the same sex doesn't automatically make you bisexual, devout fans have continuously speculated over Drake's sexual orientation for years

Although agreeing to go on a date with someone of the same sex doesn’t automatically make you bisexual, devout fans have continuously speculated over Drake’s sexual orientation for years

'Crazy thing, I saw Tim DRAKE coming out, years ago.. congrats to DC for making it a reality,' one fan wrote on Twitter.

‘Crazy thing, I saw Tim DRAKE coming out, years ago.. congrats to DC for making it a reality,’ one fan wrote on Twitter.

‘Crazy thing, I saw Tim DRAKE coming out, years ago.. congrats to DC for making it a reality,’ one fan wrote on Twitter.    

Fans also highlighted that Drake was once dating a character named Stephanie and has dated female characters in the past. 

The comic’s writer Meghan Fitzman explained to Polygon that she’s not deliberately putting a label on the character’s feelings just yet, saying, ‘I wanted to pay tribute to the fact that sexuality is a journey. 

‘To be clear, his feelings for Stephanie have been/are 100 percent real, as are his feelings for Bernard. However, Tim is still figuring himself out. I don’t think he has the language for it all… yet,’ she added.   

Once the news broke, fans of the comic immediately began showing their support for the superhero’s LGBTQ storyline. 

‘Love the art and the dialog is pretty well written. Interested in seeing where this is going,’ one fan commented. 

‘Absolutely love this!’ commented another. 

This isn’t the first comic to introduce an LGBTQ superhero.   

In March, Marvel revealed their first openly-gay Captain America character, Aaron Fischer, which is debuted during Pride Month this past year.

Fischer is a youth advocate that was included in the ‘United States of Captain America’ comic book miniseries which was released on June 2. 

‘Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life,’ creator Aaron Trujillo told Entertainment Weekly. 

‘He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten,’ Trujillo added. ‘I hope his debut story resonates with readers, and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.’

In addition to Fischer, Ayo (Black Panther), Valkyrie (Thor: Ragnarok) and Harley Quinn are superhero characters apart of the LGBTQ community. 



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