The sixth issue of the all-new Batman: Urban Legends comic book series has changed one of the franchise’s most iconic characters. Tim Drake, otherwise known as the third individual to become Robin in Batman lore, has apparently become curious about his sexuality. In particular, the character admits his uncertainty and that he’s gone on dates with other men. As such, it appears that Robin is now bisexual.
This was revealed in the sixth issue of Batman: Urban Legends, where a bisexual Robin has dinner with a friend named Bernard Dowd. The following line of dialogue that Robin in the form of Tim Drake delivers to Dowd says it all:
“I’m really glad you got home okay. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, about that night, and I — I don’t know what it meant to me. Not yet. But I’d like to figure it out,” Tim says.
At this point, Bernard Dowd asks Tim Drake out.
“I was hoping you would. Tim Drake…do you want to go on a date with me?” Bernard asks.
Tim Drake, in a move that now suggests Robin is actually bisexual, agrees.
“Yeah… Yeah, I think I want that,” Tim replies.
While it might be easy to consider the character might simply just be gay, it’s worth noting that past comics featured Tim Drake dating women. As such, and considering his own confusion, fans have considered that Robin is officially bisexual. Or, at the very least, bi-curious. At a time when DC is gradually developing their roster of LGBTQ characters, it seems they’ve now found a way to bring Robin into the mix.
This was stated by Batman: Urban Legends writer Meghan Fitzmartin regarding her new take on the Robin character:
“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.”
Meanwhile, artist Belén Ortega gave the following statement:
“#Batmanurbanlegends #6 is already out and with it our last chapter of ‘Tim Drake: sum of our parts.’ It’s overwhelming all the comments and love I’m receiving from you guys, thanks for your support on my very first series with @DCComics.”
And, as you can see from the responses below, many fans were happy with the change as well:
Some didn’t like the change:
It’ll be interesting to see how the Batman and DC franchises use this newfound development moving forward.