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A Gay Batman?

4:06 PM, May 22, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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So who will the new gay superhero be? Who knows. It could be Aquaman. He’s royalty, if you know what I mean. Plus, back in the ’80s, when it was pejorative, and not descriptive, basically everyone called him gay. It could be Robin—that would scratch a bunch of cultural itches and, because there is no Robin in the Nolanverse, keep Time-Warner from getting too nervous. It could be the Flash, he’s so fastidious. It could be Green Lantern, because if it goes over poorly, you can always kill him off and use another Lantern.

But really, who cares? The New DC is already a creative failure. It looks like it’s going to wind up a business failure, too. And as a piece of social activism? This morning Marvel announced that their big homosexual character, Northstar, will get gay married—interracially gay married!—in June’s issue of Astonishing X-Men. So even in the contest for transparently commercial attempts at cultural relevance, DC is a already loser, too.

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