Batman’s trusted sidekick Robin has come out as bisexual in the latest Batman comic.
Tim Drake, who is the 3rd DC Comics character to go by the name Robin, realized his sexuality in the latest edition of Batman: Urban Legends, as per ComicBook.com.
The story was written by Meghan Fitzmartin, and (spoilers ahead if you’re yet to read the comic!) sees the superhero have his “lightbulb moment” while clad in his classic yellow, green, black, and red.
Fighting alongside Bernard, the man behind the mask realizes his connection to him runs a bit deeper. Then later on in the comic, with Robin now back to his civilian persona of Tim Drake, he agrees to go on a date with Bernard.
Bernard says to Robin: “If I don’t make it out, can I ask a favor? Please… Tell Tim Drake that he made me realize my true self. Who I really am. Tell him… Well he probably knows, he’s the smartest guy I’ve ever met. But stick, tell him.
I wish we could have finished our date.”
After a smirk from Robin, the scene then cuts to Tim knocking on Bernard’s door to tell him that he’d been doing some thinking and that he’d like to explore what they have a bit more.
“Bernard, wait. Let me talk,” he starts. “I’m really glad you got home okay, I was relieved. 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.”
Bernard then replies: “I was hoping you would. Tim Drake, do you want to go on a date with me?”
Embracing his new chapter, Tim replies: “Yeah… Yeah, I think I want that.”
This has led to some huge reactions of fans, most of which are full of joy for the character.
“Awesome! I thought it would be Nightwing for sure but good for Tim,” one Facebook commenter wrote.
Another added: “Once again if we are so accepting of other lifestyles we shouldn’t have to announce it like this. So what, good for Robin.”
“This is a fantastic week of Tim Drake! Being revealed as LGBTQ in the comics and making his live-action debut in Titans!,” was said elsewhere on Twitter.
This is only the latest in what is a growing list of wins for the LGBTQ community in the comic book world. Over on the Marvel side of things, the character Loki was revealed as bisexual and gender fluid in the first series of the TV show Loki.
Here’s to many more.