Robin was first introduced over 80 years ago to readers of the DC comics. After years of subtle homoerotic behavior, Robin is finally shown as a queer superhero. According to The Guardian, ‘in a cliffhanger ending to DC’s latest issue of ‘Batman: Urban Legends’, the current iteration of the Boy Wonder, Tim Drake, is shown accepting a date invitation from his friend Bernard, having just rescued him from a villain while in disguise as Robin’.
Meghan Fitzmartin, writer of the comic issue, told Polygon, “When Dave [Wielgosz] (the editor for ‘Batman: Urban Legends’) reached out about doing another Tim story, I was thrilled. We talked about where Tim Drake has been versus where he was at the time and came to the conclusion that it needed to be a story about identity and discovery. What was next for Boy Wonder?”
It’s noted that though Robin has come out as LGBTQ+ now, previously he was shown dating female superhero Spoiler, alias Stephanie Brown. Commenting on the development, Fitzmartin further said in the interview, “I wanted to pay tribute to the fact that sexuality is a journey…To be clear, his feelings for Stephanie have been/are 100% 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 even tweeted:
My goal in writing has been and will always be to show just how much God loves you. You are so incredibly loved and important and seen. Forever grateful to be trusted with Tim Drake and his story and honored to work with the amazingly talented @BelenOrtega_ and @loquesunalex 💗 pic.twitter.com/h2BMotX0Iq
— Meghan Fitzmartin (@megfitz89) August 10, 2021
However, Tim Drake is not the first queer superhero in popular comic series. Other LGBTQ+ characters include Batwoman, Marvel, Harley Quinn, Captain America among others.