Batman & Robin director Joel Schumacher has opened up regarding the perception that he included homosexual subtext in the film because he himself is in fact an openly gay man.
When asked by Vulture about whether or not the campiness and one-liners of his film Batman & Robin made the DC superhero franchise “gayer,” Joel Schumacher denied this, explaining that those elements were not intended to fuel any sort of homosexual undertones:
“If I wasn’t gay, they would never say those things.”
Joel Schumacher went on to explain that the theory that Batman and Robin themselves are actually gay isn’t anything new:
“This all started way before me. Long before I came along, someone wrote a whole thing about what the real message of fairy tales and children’s stories are. Snow White was all about having bad stepmothers. And Batman and Robin are two homosexual men living in a cave, living together. There’s always been this thing about Batman and Robin being gay.”
Back in 1954, American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham warned in his book Seduction of the Innocent that comic books themselves were actually corrupting young readers, causing juvenile delinquency. Wertham also claimed the relationship between Batman and Robin represented a “wish dream of two homosexuals living together.”
But the interpretation of his film Batman and Robin still held. As for whether or not he thinks Batman and Robin are gay, and why fans may have thought he represented the two characters as homosexual, Joel Schumacher explained that members of the gay community more or less saw what they wanted than what was actually being presented in the 1997 superhero film:
“No. Nor do I ever think Batman and Robin are gay. There were a lot of people who I would say, in one particular community, wanted George Clooney to be gay so badly. The only people who ever said that to me were definitely gay men. I think it happens with people that are romantic sex symbols who are on somebody’s wish list.”
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