Any second now, Bible-thumper James Dobson will weigh in on Batman‘s arrest for allegedly assaulting his mom and sister.
I can see it now. The fervently anti-gay Dobson (about whom I’ve written reams, including this long-ago story) will grab his big microphone with both hands and connect the dots between Batman’s possibly gay lifestyle and his violence toward women. No matter that it’s really Christian Bale who’s in trouble.
Just another part of what the Colorado Springs Cromwell calls the “homosexual agenda.”
Dobson’s been recently concerned about Californica and its pro-gay-marriage stance.
So I’ll forestall his toe-tapping about Batman by pointing out the obvious that gays aren’t any more violent than other people.
As to Batman’s supposed gayness because of the presence of his young ward Robin in an all-male household, check out this panel discussion, “Is Batman Gay?,” on comicsbulletin.com. Various artists and others in the comic-book industry weigh in. From writer/artist Terry Moore:
“Is Batman gay? Actually, I know the answer to that, but I’m not allowed to say. The government commissioned a report on the matter and everybody who worked on it is now dead. So, you’ll have to draw your own conclusions.
Let me just say this, Batman is no more gay than Wonder Woman is into bondage or the Flash is into red latex. Batman did not have inappropriate dealings with any of the seemingly endless stream of little fellas he kept around like a Bangkok colonialist and that should settle the matter. Now we need to put this mass right-wing conspiracy behind us because he has to get back to work for the American people. Now the Joker on the other hand…”
Moore may be onto something there. The Joker was played by the late Heath Ledger, and wasn’t he one of them there queer cowboys in Brokeback Mountain?
Don’t remind Dobson.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 22, 2008