If anyone ever asks, which comic book character is the biggest player? Nine times out of ten, even non-comic book fans will say Dick Grayson. He has had countless girlfriends, lovers, and just random sleeping partners. What’s even better is that he’s almost always still friends with all of his ex-partners. There’s so many theories as to why writers made Dick into such a pretty boy that is also a huge player. One of the wider theories is that Dick is actually bisexual or possibly gay. Even since his introduction, there seemed to be a focus on his and Bruce’s relationship that did not go unnoticed. Never explicitly stated, but so many people could see some underlying features.
We won’t go into the age differences and the possible pedophilia aspect of what this could entail. We will just assume that Bruce was being a father and allowed Dick to sleep in his bed for a bit of time before adjusting to his home at Wayne Manor. But could Dick’s sexual appetite actually be a sign that he is compensating for his desire for the same gender?
Sometimes I think that DC writers deliberately gay bait Dick Grayson and make readers think- ‘Wait, is he gay?’ In issue #9 of Grayson, written by Tom King and Tim Seeley has full page spread of Grayson asking straight- ‘Am I Straight?’ Granted, this is taken out of context, this is suppose to be Dick asking whether or not his ‘tie’ was straight. But this is just blatant gay baiting. It’s humorous and I enjoy what is being done, but there is a certain point that readers have to wonder what the writers are really intending for their character.
It would definitely explain a lot of Dick’s character if his sexuality was pulled into question. In the end, it really does not matter since each writer has their own unique way of portraying their characters. Any character that has been heterosexual for the duration of their history who suddenly are outed as being gay, despite many gay overtones, is still going to cause a huge uproar within the geek and non-geek community alike.
Just look at what happened when the alternate teenage version of Iceman was forced out of the closet by Jean Grey. Some fans went ballistic and thought that their best friend was just accused of murder.
Regardless, in the end, doesn’t everyone love Dick? Grayson that is. What do you think?