Tim Drake, also known as the third Robin, realized that he is bixesual in the new Batman issue. In the comic, Tim / Robin has a “light bulb moment” when he fights alongside his friend Bernard Dowd.
Robin comes out as bixesual in Batman comic book
“Have you ever had a lightbulb moment?” Tim wonders in the panel. “Like something in the ether has been taunting you, teasing you. Like you know you’re supposed to be on the same page as your brain, but it doesn’t all make sense. People keep asking me what I want. But I couldn’t figure it out. Whatever it was. It always felt out of reach.”
Later, Tim catches up with Bernard on his porch. “I’ve been thinking a lot about that night, and I don’t know what it meant to me,” Tim says, “But I’d like to find out.”
Which prompts Bernard to respond, “I was hoping you would. Tim Drake … do you want to go on a date with me?” Tim then replies, “Yes … yes. I think I want that.”
The story will pick up with the next issue in December and marks the first time Caped Crusader’s sidekick comes out of the closet since the character was introduced in 1940.
The comic’s writer, Meghan Fitzman, told Polygon that they’re not deliberately putting a label on the character’s feelings just yet. “I wanted to pay homage to the fact that sexuality is a journey,” Fitzmartin said.
“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 everything, yet.”
Tim Drake’s character is also getting some live action. Drake has been added to HBO Max’s live-action series Titans, with actor Jay Lycurgo playing the character in the show’s third season on Aug. 12.
Classic comic book franchises have increasingly made efforts to be more LGBTQ inclusive. The news comes a few months after a version of Marvel’s Captain America made headlines by coming out as gay.