Robin Comes Out Bisexual in New ‘Batman’ Storyline From DC Comics

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Tim Drake, the third character to don the mantle of Batman’s famous sidekick Robin, comes out as bisexual in a new storyline in DC Comic’s Batman titles.

The Daily News: Drake, the third incantation of Batman’s superhero sidekick, came out as bisexual this week in the most recent installment of Batman: Urban Legends. The reveal closed out part 3 of the “Sum of Our Parts” story from writer Meghan Fitzmartin, artist Belén Ortega and colorist Alejandro Sánchez. Robin, aka Drake, realizes he has feelings for his friend Bernard Dowd after rescuing him from a kidnapping plot.

“Ever have a lightbulb moment? Like something out 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 not everything made sense,” he wonders.

At the end of the installment, the friends decide to see where their mutual attraction leads.

“Tim Drake… do you want to go on a date with me?” Dowd asks.

“Yeah… Yeah, I think I want that,” Drake responds.

“(’Sum of Our Parts’) happened because this is who Tim is. I love this character very much, and as I went back to reread as much as I could to do Robin justice, it became clear this is the story Tim needed to tell,” Fitzmartin told Polygon.

She stressed the new story line doesn’t damper the legitimacy of Drake’s prior romantic relationship with fellow teen superhero Stephanie Brown, also known as The Spoiler.

“I wanted to pay tribute to the fact that sexuality is a journey,” Fitzmartin told Polygon. “To be clear, his feelings for Stephanie have been/are 100% 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.”

Fitzmartin said in a Twitter post Tuesday that her “goal” with the story and all her writing is to show readers “how much God loves you.”

“You are so incredibly loved and important and seen,” she tweeted. “Forever grateful to be trusted with Tim Drake and his story and honored to work with the amazingly talented (Ortega) and (Sánchez).”

Amid an outpouring of support and gratitude from fans, Fizmartin tweeted, “Just trying to show and share the love that I’ve received, you know?”

Drake is hardly the first LGBTQ character in Gotham City.

Batwoman, aka Kathy Kane, is arguably the highest-profile gay superhero in DC comics after coming out as a lesbian in 2006.