“It’s quite a bizarre mission to go out at night dressed as a bat and punch the hell out of junkies. And then he goes home and lives in this mansion. There’s an aspirational quality to him — he’s an outlaw and he can buy anything. He has a new Batmobile every movie. He’s very plutonian in the sense that he’s wealthy and also in the sense that he’s sexually deviant. Gayness is built into Batman. I’m not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There’s just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he’s intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay. I think that’s why people like it. All these women fancy him and they all wear fetish clothes and jump around rooftops to get to him. He doesn’t care — he’s more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid.”
— Grant Morrison, in a Playboy magazine article that includes his thoughts on such comic-book characters as Superman, Wonder Woman, King Mob and Magneto (“Magneto’s an old terrorist bastard. I got into trouble — the X-Men fans hated me because I made him into a stupid old drug-addicted idiot.”)
(Illustration of Morrison by Frank Quitely for Playboy; link via ComicsAlliance)
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