Back in the year 1967, Paul Sann wrote a book about American fads that included the theory of Batman being gay, and asked Bob Kane, Batman’s creator, to share his thoughts… It did not go well:
“Batman is the epitome of virility and manliness—just the opposite image of the fag,” Kane said.
“Wertham read homosexuality into this thing because I had a man and a boy living in a big house together — in the same bedroom — with just a butler and no female around,” Kane said.
“Even so, I suppose the homosexuals like the TV show because of those tight outfits Adam West and Burt Ward wear,” he continued. “I imagine they sit around watching them on the screen and slap each other on the knees with the sheer joy of it all.”
“But what can you do about that?” he added, explaining he hasn’t figured out a way to stop gay people from enjoying his creation. “I can’t change the characters because they weren’t homos in the first place and because you have to be crazy to fight success.”
EEEGADS BATMAN! While some of us out there can relate to coming from terrible people, we never would have guessed a character fighting for what’s right would be birthed from such a despicable human being! A product of his time, maybe, but gross nonetheless!