James Franco displayed his "works of art" on Instagram and named them "50 Shades of Batman and Robin". The two pictures, which title refers to EL James' "50 Shades of Grey" book series, could be considered NSFW.
The actor seemingly suggested that the two superheroes are gay by posting a picture of a man wearing a chest-baring, bondage-style Batman costume and also a man wearing Batman mask with what appeared to be semen on top of it.
Franco himself is no stranger to portraying gay characters, having gone all the way in "Milk". In fact he is so attracted to the kind of roles because a lot of people that inspired him are gays. "It's not like it's my mission to tell the stories of as many gay men as possible, although in some cases, I think it is the point," he told The Daily Beast earlier this year. "...it wasn't like, 'Yes, I want to play another gay role,' it was more, 'Yes, I'd love to play another one of my heroes'."
Franco also blasted Steve McQueen's 2011 film "Shame" in his piece for VICE. "And that scene where he's [the character] at his lowest point and wants to fuck and goes into a gay club, and it's depicted like the seventh level of hell," he wrote. "I mean, it goes back to the horrible representations of gays in the 70s, where the gay club is meant to signify everything dark and depraved."