DC Comics has been adding an increasing number of LGBTQ+ characters to its ranks in recent years, and now one of the entertainment giant's most famous sons is joining their ranks - Batman's sidekick Robin.
In new comic Batman: Urban Legends #6, Robin - also known as Tim Drake, sans mask and cape - comes out as bisexual.
Representation within comic books - including those produced by the industry's biggest publishers, Marvel and DC - has increased massively in recent years.
You'd have to go far back as 1988 to find DC's first openly gay superhero, Spanish character Extraño, although his appearances were few and far between until recent years (and notably the DC Pride series).
While Marvel's roster of LGBTQ+ superheroes is on the rise, most recently with Loki having been confirmed to be bisexual and gender-fluid, DC has also been increasing its representation.
Fans on social media have been delighted by this new development for Robin.
In the new comic, Drake features in a story titled 'Sum of Our Parts', by writer Meghan Fitzmartin, artist Belén Ortega, colorist Alejandro Sánchez, and letterer Pat Brosseau.
The story finishes with Robin inviting another character named Bernard to go on a date.
One fan wrote in all caps: "TIM DRAKE IS CANONICALLY BISEXUAL I ACTUALLY SCREAMED WHEN TY TAGGED ME IN THIS IM SO F****** HAPPY RN."
While another fan added: "AHHHHHHHB TIM'S CANONCIALLY BI NOW??? LEYS F****** GOOOO."
This is a fantastic week of Tim Drake! Being revealed as LGBTQ in the comics and making his live action debut in Titans! pic.twitter.com/O0m0muEjCG
- Ashley:sparkling_heart:'TheBatFamily (@TheBat_Family) August 10, 2021
A third concluded: "I'm glad DC is doing something with my man Timmy D!"
In other DC news, it looks as though casting for Barbara Gordon has begun.
According to Screenrant, Warner Bros. has been trying to get a Batgirl movie off the ground for some time, with Joss Whedon set to write and direct.
He was forced to abandon the project in 2018 after struggling to get the right story line.
However, it seems Warner Bros. has now been able to find a new team to bring the popular character to the screen.
Christina Hodson, who has also written forthcoming movie The Flash, has provided the screenplay for the upcoming film. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who were behind 2020's Bad Boys for Life, are set to direct.
With casting for the film only just beginning, however, it's unlikely we'll see the new Batgirl movie before 2023.