I try not to fight the internet on what it likes to do. I’ve learned over the years of being online that you’re just going to have to accept that some people have weird fetishes and in some cases you have to fight for their right to have said fetishes. You also have to just understand that fans of fiction want certain relationships to happen and sometimes you can totally see why and in other cases it makes zero sense but it doesn’t really effect you so who cares… then there’s Batman and Robin.
Batman and Robin have a rather strange relationship that comes out of a place of innocence from decades and decades ago. In fact Robin first appeared in 1940, 72 years ago. That’s older than most people. When he came onto the scene in 1940, Dick Grayson was 8 years old. That’s right… 8. He’s not the teenager most versions portray him as now. Bruce Wayne helped him solve the murder of his acrobat parents and then basically adopted him and became a father figure.
That’s where the relationship gets awkward for me. So many people seem keen on pairing Batman and Robin together in a gay relationship and I don’t get why. I understand that yes it’s a little odd for single man to adopt an orphan child and then raise him as a crime fighting machine, but we are still talking about comics for kids, and in the 1940s. Robin was a boyhood dream for kids reading about him. He was the side kick super hero, who gets to hang out with the greatest literary character of the past 100 years. It’s no different from little orphan Annie, except there’s even less of a father relationship and the character is inspired by Robin Hood. So why ship them?
If some one can answer this please do. Why do certain fans want Batman and Robin to be a couple? And because some people will wonder what my motives for asking are I’ll simply say this. It’s not that I don’t think Batman or Robin can’t be gay. Green Lantern is gay now and I’m all for that, and if some one wanted to write Batman or Robin being gay, that’s fine too… but there’s an incredibly perverse theme going on when Batman is adopting an 8 year old boy, raising him, dressing him up in that outfit, nearly getting him killed for years, and then taking him to bed at night. That’s something I don’t understand.
Technically Batman is about 22 years older than Robin, and I’m not saying relationships with large age gaps are a bad thing either, but 22 years is quite a bit and… like I said… it’s being warped into an incredibly perverse Father/Son relationship.