Multiversity: The Just #1 is out today, by Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver.
A couple of years ago, Grant Morrison told Playboy,
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.
But then told New Statesman,
"Is gay!" he finishes. "But the thing is, it was the opposite of what I said. But Playboy had it in as the most sensationalised version, they didn't take off the bit at the end… Because it was all from the book, it was from an interview I did last year for Supergods. And basically I said what I said in the book, that you can easily dial up the black-leather-fetishistic-night-dwelling aspects of Batman, and the masculinity of Batman, and get a pretty good gay Batman. But as I said, ultimately he's not gay because he has no sex life, really. All he is is an adventurer.. sometimes they show him with girls, sometimes he never seems to be going out with girls.
Today, as Multiversity gets even more meta than usual, Grant Morrison revisits the topic, via Alexis Luthor, Damian Wayne's girlfriend,
Of course, he's not content with going after Batman's sexuality…
But he also goes after his very own audience, the folk most likely to have picked up the latest Multiversity.
And with everyone reading comics, talking about the use of heroic fiction, in a world that has seen even superheroes replaced in the workplace thanks to automation, unlike All-Star Superman, there is no one to save a suicide. Superheroes look, through binoculars, through the pages of comic books, but there is no room to act, only re-enact. Is that us? Do we spend all our time reading instead of doing something about it?
Bit too heavy? Let's get back to the meta…
Thank you Grant and Ben.
Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London.