- The Washington Times - Monday, August 5, 2013

Batman and Robin have been outed as a bickering gay couple whose sex life has flatlined in a new book titled “Erotic Lives of the Superheroes.”

Written by the Italian author Marco Mancassola, the novel focuses on the erotic obsessions of Mister Fantastic, Batman, Mystique and Superman, whose heroic abilities are dulled by the aging process, The Independent reported.

“Batman has always had a very dark side,” Mr. Mancassola told The Independent. “And it shouldn’t be a shock that my version of this character indulges in weird forms of fetishism and extreme sex.

“There was no intention to shock or offend anybody. ‘Erotic Lives of the Superheroes’ is just an attempt at exploring the complex humanity of a group of characters,” he said.

The author admits that some comic book fans “can’t forgive me for what I’ve done to their beloved characters. This is true especially when it comes to Batman, who comes across as the least nice character of the book — egocentric, ridiculously vain, in some way ‘perverse.’ But, actually, I depicted him that way because I love him. He is human. He embodies the tragedy into which contemporary society has transformed the fact of getting older.”

“Erotic Lives of the Superheroes” is set to hit bookshelves in the U.K. next week, The Independent reported.