Watch: Nightwing and Harley Quinn Do the Mystery Dance
In this scene from Batman and Harley Quinn, Harley has captured Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, and for reasons we can only guess, decided that the best place to imprison him is her bedroom. Then, after a long day of action, one thing leads to another, and well - they do spend an awful lot of time getting physical with each other, all dressed up in spandex and whatnot.
This is, in a way, rather unsurprising. Nightwing is just comfortable enough with it that this doesn't feel like she's torturing him, or as though he's being sexually assaulted. In fact, he implies consent, checking her out as she peruses her outfits (Steampunk Harley!), and muttering "The things I do for Gotham." Harley, not particularly concerned with nuance, replies "I'm taking that as a yes."
This scene could have played out as deeply uncomfortable, but it's ultimately light, PG-13 kinky fun. Harley scores bonus points for reminding Nightwing that, as Robin, his sexuality and relationship with Batman were called into question by Dr. Fredric Wertham, in his anti-comics screed Seduction of the Innocent. Of course, Dr. Wertham also spent a lot of time complaining about bondage in comics, but that's an argument for another day.
Batman and Harley Quinn is now available on VOD, and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD August 29.