Holy deja vu, Batman!
Andrew Garfield has loved Spider-Man since he was a little kid. He can speak eloquently and at length about how open the Spider-verse is for interpretation. Recently, he says, he had a philosophical discussion with producer Matt Tolmach about Mary Jane or “MJ” to fans. “I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” he tells EW. “And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking!…So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”
— “Andrew Garfield on Spider-Man’s sexuality: ‘Why can’t he be gay?'”, Entertainment Weekly, today.
George Clooney outs Batman on Barbara Walters’ Oscar special tonight. Asked if he’d ever play a gay role, Clooney says he already did — as Batman. “Think about it,” he explains. “I was in a rubber suit. I had rubber nipples. I could have played him straight but I didn’t. I made him gay.” Well, that puts Bruce Wayne’s “ward” Robin in a new light …
— The New York Daily News’ Daily Dish column, February 28, 2006.
Fredric Wertham could not be reached for comment.