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    Re: Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I'm amused you do not understand an obvious use of the comic book is to frequently use the superhero as a means of providing social commentary. Not that I approve of making Batman gay after already being a long and established character, but your response seems ill-informed.
    Exactly. I've been reading through a lot of the old Iron Man comics from the 60s and they did a lot of environmental stories in the late 60s/early 70s. DC rebooted Firestorm in the early 90s and made him a crusader against nuclear proliferation. Anyone who says comic characters haven't always been used for providing social commentary has never read comics.

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    Re: Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    You can also reverse trends. It's not as if what happens to a character in one series has to stay with a character in another series.
    Its not about the character development. That has changed a bit with each incarnation. Im talking about taking a risk with the commercial viability of it. The fanboys would probably be alright with it (though from what I have seen of some of them, they might be just as likely to be pissed at tampering with the character and might boycott the movie for that reason alone), but there 'may' be a backlash from the general viewing public and I dont see them taking that risk. If it aint broke, you dont break it.

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    Re: Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I actually am betting Batgirl for basically the same reason it would work for Wonder Woman.

    And when did Batgirl become not crippled?
    Flashpoint. It was a continuity-wide reboot-- Barbara can walk because The Killing Joke never happened.

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    Re: Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Its not about the character development. That has changed a bit with each incarnation. Im talking about taking a risk with the commercial viability of it. The fanboys would probably be alright with it (though from what I have seen of some of them, they might be just as likely to be pissed at tampering with the character and might boycott the movie for that reason alone), but there 'may' be a backlash from the general viewing public and I dont see them taking that risk. If it aint broke, you dont break it.
    Very few people who know the characters only from the movies care or know what happens in the comics. They are two different worlds. Superman has been dead. Didn't stop anyone from seeing Superman movies. Batman has been dead, had his back broken, etc. Didn't stop anyone from seeing Batman movies. I'm sure the vast majority of people who go to the movies don't know and don't care about the comics, they're just seeing the cultural icons that they've always known about in society.
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    Re: Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Flashpoint. It was a continuity-wide reboot-- Barbara can walk because The Killing Joke never happened.
    I would bitch, but then I remember Phoenix coming back, which was worse.
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    Re: Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I would bitch, but then I remember Phoenix coming back, which was worse.
    Which time? Phoenix is in the process of coming back again in the Avengers vs. X-Men mini-series right now.
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    Re: Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Very few people who know the characters only from the movies care or know what happens in the comics. They are two different worlds. Superman has been dead. Didn't stop anyone from seeing Superman movies. Batman has been dead, had his back broken, etc. Didn't stop anyone from seeing Batman movies. I'm sure the vast majority of people who go to the movies don't know and don't care about the comics, they're just seeing the cultural icons that they've always known about in society.
    I understand that. I used to read comic books too...when I was 12. That all completely ignores the 'real world'. Should DC come out and 'out' Batman there is a risk that enough people would make an issue of it and simply choose not to go see the next version where it might impact the movie marketability. That is the primary reason why I doubt they would make the Batman gay. You HONESTLY dont see that as a real concern to those invested in the franchise?

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    Re: Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

    At least kids who read comics will learn some tolerance early on.

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    Re: Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    At least kids who read comics will learn some tolerance early on.
    Kids read comics? when did this start
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