D.C.’s newest comic book hero will be openly bisexual in the latest issue. The superhero, named Jon Kent, is the son of Superman and Lois Lane, who is taking up the cause to help save the world. The new Superman issue, Son of Kal-El #5, is set to be released in November.
The character will be in a same-sex relationship with a friend in the new comic.
This isn’t the first time a comic book character has come out as part of the LGBTQ+ community. The newest version of the Batman comic will feature Robin having a boyfriend. Marvel also jumped on the LGBTQ+ bandwagon by featuring a gay teen Captain America, Aaron Fischer, who debuted during pride month.
The Superman series writer, Tom Taylor said in an interview, “When I was offered this job, I thought, ‘Well, if we’re going to have a new Superman for the D.C. Universe, it feels like a missed opportunity to have another straight white savior.'” The love interest is Jay Nakamura, a reporter. Nakamura cares for Kent after he “mentally and physically burns out from trying to save everyone that he can.” Jon Kent and Jay share a kiss in the comic issue.
Unsurprisingly, the writer Tom Taylor has said that this is not a gimmick. He claims, “We didn’t want this to be ‘D.C. Comics creates new queer Superman.’ We want this to be ‘Superman finds himself, becomes Superman and then comes out,’ and I think that’s a really important distinction there.” While giving the interview, Taylor was proudly wearing a shirt that featured a rainbow-striped Superman logo.
Why does Hollywood have to ruin everything? #Superman
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While Taylor claims that most reactions have been positive, some on the “right” feel differently. Josh Barnett, a GOP candidate for the House, tweeted, “Why does Hollywood have to ruin everything? #Superman”
Kent’s sexuality isn’t the only woke interest being promoted in the comic. In previous issues, Kent has protested against the deportation of refugees, stopped a school shooting, and even put out wildfires caused by the climate crisis.
According to the Guardian, Taylor said, “I’ve always said everyone needs heroes, and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes, and I’m very grateful D.C. and Warner Bros share this idea… Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth, and for justice.”
Superman’s classic slogan, “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” has been changed to “Truth, Tolerance, and Justice,” so it’s no surprise that the new comic breaks from traditional values.