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Watching The Batman I wasn’t too sure if Selina was bisexual. She called Annika “baby” and that’s simply something you don’t call your bestie. And this is me speaking from personal experience. As a bisexual woman, I wouldn’t call my BFF “baby.” That’s only a name for my actual offspring and for the person I’m in an intimate relationship with.
But I wasn’t 100% sure. Maybe this was something our Catwoman called her friends? And just because she’s bisexual in the comics didn’t mean they’d keep that, right? RIGHT?! Also, people have weird nicknames for each other and just because I don’t use it doesn’t mean she doesn’t. Then Kravitz herself confirmed that the character was played as a bisexual one by her. and my heart and those of many on the internet. exploded.
Kravitz wouldn’t say that out of anywhere because she wanted to. She wanted us to know that she purposefully played her role in this manner, no matter what people behind The Batman *cough* the director *cough* thought about it or not. And it shows that she probably read the comics for quality assurance purposes and because she understood the assignment from top to bottom before this movie even hit our screens.
The Batman is arguably the biggest movie in the world right now. And Catwoman and her queerness is part of that. And it’s not a leap to say that it makes people like me, aka bisexuals, feel like we’re part of it too. It feels like we matter, we’re seen, and we can have grand adventures that don’t solely focus on our sexuality. It just is a part of who we are. And hopefully, it will inspire others to dive into the comics and get to know this character even better. (I plan on doing this myself.)
Until then, here are other people celebrating a bisexual Catwoman on our screens and ignoring all the haters who just don’t get it!
The Batman is available in theaters.
Queerly Not Straight posts every Sunday with opinion pieces, listicals, reviews, and more focused on the LGBT community (and occasionally about the Latinx community since I am Latinx.)