Tim Drake's Coming Out Is Making Batman A Better Hero

Tim Drake's Coming Out Is Making Batman A Better Hero

Gotham City got a surprising hero - Tim Drake. Tim Drake, better known as Robin, came out as bisexual while searching for inner happiness. It is not something we often see in superhero stories, as they are driven by revenge and search for justice.

Tim Drake is the third Robin. He became almost immortal in 2021 and had his first on-screen appearance in Titans.

In Batman: Urban Legends #6, Drake realized that he had feelings for Bernard, his long-time friend.

It is a refreshing pace to the well-known story of Gotham City and Batman's universe. Having a character devoted to inner peace is a big step for the DC, and it is ideally in sync with Tim Drake's persona.

He was comforting Batman while grieving Jason Todd, displaying humanity and kindness. Something we never get to see from Batman, despite his heroic efforts to save the City from evil forces.

In Batman: Urban Legends #10, Drake explores his new relationship while dealing with Batman's growing distance. Batman represented a father figure for Tim, so it goes beyond a superhero story in many ways. It is a story about life as we know it.

The third Robin was created by Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick in 1989. While Batman is dealing with problems by using force, this Robin shows the importance of self-reflection and fighting the inner demons from the inside.

Tim Drake's Coming Out Is Making Batman A Better Hero

In the process, Tim is helping Batman fight his demons, but this time Batman is looking inside. His superpowers aside, Batman becoming more present, mindful might help him become a better hero and defender of Gotham city.

That is how Tim Drake's acceptance of his sexuality makes Batman a more compassionate yet more efficient superhero.

The comic's writer, Meghan Fitzman, said that they're deliberately not putting a label on the character:

"I wanted to pay tribute to the fact that sexuality is a journey."

"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 it all… yet."

It took almost 90 years to have a male LGBTQ+ character. If Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy can be bisexual, why did we have to wait for so long to have one male character who is not just straight?