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Batman ‘outed’ as ageing, kinky gay man

Batman ‘outed’ as ageing, kinky gay man

Holy Smokes! Batman is being outed as an ageing, kinky and narcissistic gay man.

In a new novel, the caped crusader goes camp as he is depicted as a ageing lothario picking up young men for one-night stands.

The Erotic Lives of the Superheroes written by Italian author Marco Mancassola imagines the lovelifes of many costumed champions including Superman and Mister Fantastic.

Batman and Robin are depicted as a bickering gay couple whose sex life has gone flat.

Speaking to The Independent, Mancassola said: ‘Batman has always had a very dark side. And it shouldn’t be a shock that my version of this character indulges in weird forms of fetishism and extreme sex.

‘Narcissism is his inner abyss. He let his only real love story miserably fail because he is in love with the mystery of youth – that inaccessible, fleeting kind of spirit that he sees in the eyes of his young male and female pick-ups.’

‘There was no intention to shock or offend anybody,’ Mancassola added.

‘Erotic Lives of the Superheroes is just an attempt at exploring the complex humanity of a group of characters.’

The author said there are some fans who cannot ‘forgive me for what I’ve done to their beloved characters.

‘This is true especially when it comes to Batman, who comes across as the least nice character of the book – egocentric, ridiculously vain, in some way ‘perverse’. But, actually, I depicted him that way because I love him. He is human.

‘He embodies the tragedy into which contemporary society has transformed the fact of getting older.’

Grand Morrison, an acclaimed comic book writer who has helmed many Batman stories, says the character ‘is intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay’.

And Hollywood actor George Clooney, who played Batman in 1997, said in an interview: ‘I was in a rubber suit and I had rubber nipples.

‘I could have played Batman straight, but I made him gay.’