And bat-nipples! After the dawn of the medium, for decades viewers had to attune themselves to coding and suggestion in order to glean queerness from ostensibly straight works. Sussing out is part of the fun, and until fairly recently, it was necessary for queers thirsty for representation. In a movie that looks like it was attacked by a blacklight with the runs, the specific way Batman has just a little more emotional power than his partner and is just a little older and wiser counts as nuance. Look no further than the villains, Mr. Freeze Arnold Schwarzenegger and Poison Ivy Uma Thurman , for a brief lesson in pure camp versus a more diluted variety.
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Batman Forever is not exactly a widely beloved entry in the Batman filmography. But, there is plenty to digest and analyze. Now, this suggestion has often been the butt of a lot of poor-taste jokes. Fredric Wertham. Schumacher decided to actually lean into this idea but gave it a genuinely positive spin.
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That basic rhythm dictated the adventures of the Caped Crusaders since Robin was introduced in , but in July readers were wham-pow-zapped by a colorful, ravishing new addition to the Bat-family. His dubious claims were later shown as coming from falsified research , but at the time they landed forcefully, especially when it came to superheroes. Superman, the most popular comic book hero of the time, was fascist. For the industry generally, Seduction of the Innocent led to the self-censoring Comics Code Authority , to keep the government from touching books.
Rick H raises a good point that many people these days are simply not aware of, when Fred Wertham and his crew tried to smear the Dynamic Duo with the brush of homosexuality. Apparently, Wertham got some homosexuals to say they wished that they were Ratman and Robin, and to him, that was enough to prove, by bass-ackward reasoning, that Batman and Robin had to be homosexual. Having three single men living in a household seemed enough, to Wertham, to cement the accusation.