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A Brief - but Very Important - History of Queer Characters in Marvel and DC Comics

A Brief - but Very Important - History of Queer Characters in Marvel and DC Comics

DC's Birds of Prey has been enthusiastically celebrated as a queer movie - and that's not only because of its rainbow palette. The film stays consistent with the Harley Quinn comics, where the antiheroine is canonically queer and involved with Poison Ivy. In a wacky sequence, the movie alludes to Harley Quinn's (Margot Robbie) bisexuality, showing that she dated men and women. Additionally, we also meet two other queer characters: Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) and Ellen Yee (Ali Wong).

Birds of Prey is one of the few comic book adaptations showing explicitly LGBTQ+ main characters on the big screen. That said, DC and its rival Marvel have featured many queer characters over the years in their comic books. Ahead, we compiled a list of the most prominent queer characters in the Marvel and DC universes thus far, from Mystique to Batwoman.