The irony is that it reflected the mood of the post-Comics Code, post-Wertham industry. Wertham perceived the gayness of Batman, and perhaps even went looking for it, but he did not invent it. This page was last edited on 3 Februaryat Lupoff and Ellison struck a homoerotic pose for the cameras. He is both camp and butch; repressed and sexualized; erotically fetishistic and homoerotically anti-feminine. Greg Rucka said that DC's editors had no problem with his writing Montoya or Batwoman as lesbian, but the media controversy over Batwoman's sexuality "nullified any positive effect Batwoman might have had on the industry" and forced the character into minor roles during major crossover storylines.
It created what Wertham called "a wish dream of two homosexuals living together," a visible idealization of a same-sex relationship in an era when homosexuality had no mainstream recognition.
The Gayness of Batman: A Brief History
We reject or deride the sexualization of Batman's relationship with Robin precisely because of the worrying implications of eroticizing Robin, but that reading takes the roots of Batman's gayness in the wrong direction. Wertham did not mention The Joker in his book, and I can only guess at what he might have made of him. CultureDCOpinion. I could have played Batman straight, but I made him gay. Wertham, as well as parodiesfansand other independent parties, have described Batman and his sidekick Robin Dick Grayson as homosexual, possibly in a relationship with each other. As Morrison himself says, Batman is intended to be heterosexual.