Andrew Wheeler writes one heck of an op ed piece titled “The Gayness of Batman: A Brief History” that promises to be insightful reading. Wheeler’s article may be in response to Grant Morrison’s interview with Playboy published last week in which Morrison said “Gayness is built into Batman. … 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.”
Wheeler: “That’s not true, of course. You can do comedy Batman, and you can do The Midnighter (Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch’s openly gay Batman analogue), but DC Comics is unlikely to allow any writer to make Batman gay, even in an Elseworlds or alternate-universe story. As Morrison himself says, Batman is intended to be heterosexual. And yet there is a gayness to Batman, and it has been part of his identity since his earliest days.