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With Robin Exploring His Sexuality In Batman Comics, Another LGBT Character Has Taken On The Sidekick Mantle

Tim Drake in the comics

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Comic book stories are at the forefront of pop culture, thanks to countless film and TV adaptations. But the adventures also continue on the page, and DC fans were recently surprised with the news that Robin Tim Drake would be exploring his sexuality in the comics. And shortly after that revelation, another LGBT character has taken on the sidekick mantle.

A number of comic book characters have worn Robin’s cape and mask through the years, starting with Dick Grayson. Historically Tim Drake was Batman’s third sidekick, and it remains to be seen how the Boy Wonder ultimately identifies. But now another LGBT character is at Batman’s side, namely one Harley Quinn.

This latest update from Bleeding Cool shows how Harley Quinn continues to be at the center of DC’s narratives across all mediums. Margot Robbie just brought her back to the big screen with The Suicide Squad, while Season 3 of Kaley Cuoco’s animated Harley Quinn series is expected on HBO Max. There’s also a Suicide Squad game in development, which will allow audiences to become the beloved femme fatale.

On the page, the Harley Quinn comics have recently seen the fan favorite character becoming an ally to the Bat-family. And in the latest issue Harley goes full Robin, in a look that mixes her costume and the Boy Wonder’s typical appearance. And just like that, there may be two queer Robins in the comics. After all, Harley has long been on the LGBT spectrum.

Harley in a Robin costume

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As conversations surrounding TV and film representation continue, we’ve seen more LGBTQ+ characters making their way to popular projects like superhero movies. But both DC and Marvel comics have featured queer storylines on the page for years; it’s actually the film adaptations that have to catch up. Of course, hardcore DC would be happy to see any incarnation of Robin finally present in the DC Extended Universe.

For fans waiting to finally see Robin back on the big screen, there are potentially multiple options for Batman’s protegee to make their entrance. One possibility would be in a sequel to Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which is set outside of the main DCEU. Batgirl is also getting her own movie, which could provide an opportunity to bring on another Batman ally. Fans are also still waiting on answers about Batfleck's Robin, who perished prior to the events of Batman v Superman.

The Batman is currently set to arrive in theaters on March 4th, 2022, while the Batgirl movie is currently in development. Be sure to check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.

Corey Chichizola

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.