Joel Schumacher has had a lot of gay sex, which isn’t very surprising considering he directed Batman & Robin, unequivocally the gayest Batman movie.
Vulture asked the 79-year-old filmmaker to tally up his partners, and the number was jaw-dropping. “It would be in the double-digit thousands, but that is not unusual,” he said, estimating that the number could be anywhere between 10,000 to 20,000. “It’s not [amazing] for a gay male, because it’s available,” he claimed.
Schumacher went on to describe his “lost years” on Fire Island from 1965 to 1970, where he did plenty of speed and Methedrine, “the mother drug of meth, which he said makes you “horny all the time.”
“You’re just starving for sex all the time,” Schumacher continued. “Every drug, in my mind, was a pathway to sex. So was alcohol. There was an adventure going on, and sex would be the cherry on that sundae. Now, a lot of gay people are getting married, they’re adopting, or they’re having children. There wasn’t any of that when I was young. If you went into a gay bar and there were 200 men in there, and you said, ‘Okay, who wants to have a little house with a white picket fence, and a dog, and a child, raise your hands,’ or ‘Who wants to get laid tonight?’ The concept of a lovely suburban life or raising children was not a high concept.”
The interview is full of gems like this, from Schumacher’s thoughts on Bryan Singer to his experiences as a young gay man in the 50s.
Schumacher also spoke about Batman & Robin, saying that claims he made the franchise gayer were unfounded. “If I wasn’t gay, they would never say those things,” he claimed, adding that the superheroes have long been coded as queer. “Batman and Robin are two homosexual men living in a cave, living together. There’s always been this thing about Batman and Robin being gay.”
Not that Schumacher necessarily agrees — although he does think some of the audience may have seen what they wanted to see. “There were a lot of people who I would say, in one particular community, wanted George Clooney to be gay so badly.” He’s not wrong!