Superman has come out as bisexual following Batman’s Robin revealing he’s bi and months after a version of Marvel’s Captain America said he is gay
Superman has come out as bisexual.
Jon Kent, the son of the DC comic book legends, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, has revealed he is attracted to both men and women.
Jon, the latest incarnation of the iconic superhero, made the announcement in the November issue of the Superman: Son of Kal-El comic book.
Writer Tom Taylor said of the news: “I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m very grateful to DC and Warner Bros.
“Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”
Jon is wearing the famous cape and saving the planet while his father has taken a break away from earth.
Like the original Superman, Jon has fallen for a reporter but this time, it’s another man – his old college friend Jay Nakamura.
The current issue of the comic sees their relationship take a romantic turn.
DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee added: “We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story from Tom Taylor and John Timms.
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“We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another incredible example.
We can have Jon Kent exploring his identity in the comics as well as Jon Kent learning the secrets of his family on TV on [series] Superman & Lois. They coexist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously.”
This follows DC’s latest Robin, Tim Drake, also coming out as bisexual in Batman: Urban Legends and a few months after a version of Marvel’s Captain America came out as gay.
But while this is being seen as progress and much-needed diversity by several fans, including activists in the LGBTQ community, it has faced backlash and criticism from many in conservative circles and some well known faces.
Dean Cain, who played Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1993 to 1997 has slammed comic book writers for the move.
Speaking on right-wing US breakfast show, Fox & Friends, he said: “They said it’s a bold new direction, I say they’re band-wagoning.
“Robin just came out as bi — who’s really shocked about that one? The new Captain America is gay. My daughter in [the TV series] Supergirl, where I played the father, was gay. So I don’t think it’s bold or brave or some crazy new direction.
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“If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave. Brave would be having him fighting for the rights of gay people in Iran where they’ll throw you off a building for the offense of being gay…
“Or fighting for the rights of women to attend school and have the ability to work and live and boys not to be raped by men under the new warm and fuzzy Taliban — that would be brave.”
For decades, Superman has proven to be one of the most popular Sci-Fi characters and made the careers of several of Hollywood’s biggest actors, including Henry Cavill, George Reeves, Dean Cain the perhaps the most iconic portrayal by Christopher Reeve.
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