Answer: not half as gay as Batman.
Honestly, though, it’s not a bad article, especially since the guy who wrote it was a total Marvel Zombie when he was a kid, and thus one of my people.
The LA Times meta-article about it, though, is crap.Â It’s all about how everyone has to be nervous that gay people are talking about identifying with superheroes, especially ones in movies directed by a gay man (and I’m not sure what cave I’ve been living in, but I had no idea Bryan Singer is gay).Â X-Men movies a metaphor about queer kids?Â Pretty obviously; way more than the comics, which were more about the alienation of adolescence.
And then.Â And then the LA Times article talks about the Joel Shumacher Batman movies, and how they ruined the franchise, and thus we should be worried about Teh Gay in superhero films.
There’s another reason Batman and Robin did terribly at the box office (only $100 million!), and that is that Batman and Robin was fucking horrible — even worse than Batman Forever.Â Can we draw no distinction between a movie with a queer subtext like X-Men, and an incoherent circus of low camp like Batman and Robin?Â Not in this article.Â Nipples on the bat-suit, themes of ostracism and hidden identity, it’s all the same, it’s all the gay.
Also, in case anyone was wondering: I will never forgive Joel Schumacher, X-Men 3, directed by Not Bryan Singer, was terrible, and I’m excited about Superman Returns.
(LA Times article via Oliver Willis)