In the latest issue of Batman: Urban Legends, Tim Drake—Bruce Wayne’s third (and debatably best) Robin sidekick—experiences an iconic ‘lightbulb moment’ in the midst of a rescue mission with schoolmate Bernard Dowd. At the end of the issue, Tim opens up to Bernard in a sweetly vulnerable scene, explaining, ‘I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about that night and I—I don’t know what it meant to me. Not yet. But I’d like to figure it out.’ Bernard replies by asking Tim if he’d like to go on a date. Tim smiles and says, ‘Yeah…Yeah, I think I want that.’
Members of any fandom are typically divided when it comes to dramatic canonical shifts, but for all the queer kids who already imagined Tim Drake as one of them years ago, the revelation came as no shock. But what was once an urban legend is now confirmed by DC Comics. It was a good move for the brand, because those celebrating seem to be much louder than the ones bitterly protesting. Queer Twitter is rejoicing and we love to see it.