Superman’s son comes out as bisexual in new comic

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Faster than a speeding bullet, Superman’s son is set to race all the way out of the closet.


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Jonathan Kent, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is coming out as bisexual and will embark on a relationship with a man in an upcoming issue, DC Comics announced on Monday .

The character takes centre stage in the new series Superman: Son of Kal-El , which debuted earlier this year and sees 17-year-old Jon Kent inheriting the Superman mantle from his dad. So far, the caped hero has tackled real-life problems like climate change, school shootings and the refugee crisis.

“It’s easy to punch a ninja,” a character notes in his debut issue. “A little harder to punch the climate crisis, inequality, the erosion of a free press, and the rise of demagogues.”

In issue #5, the fledging hero will enter into a relationship with Jay Nakamura, a journalist with his own heroic qualities, who is inspired by Jon’s mother Lois.


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“Over the years in this industry, it probably won’t surprise you to hear I’ve had queer characters and storylines rejected. I felt like I was letting down people I loved every time this happened” writer Tom Taylor tells IGN . “But we are in a very different and much more welcome place today than we were ten, or even five years ago.”

It’s a character choice that some say marks a monumental shift in comic book storytelling.

“It is not Northstar, who your aunt has never heard of,” Glen Weldon, the author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography , and the co-host of the Pop Culture Happy Hour on NPR, tells the New York Times . “It’s not Tasmanian Devil. It is Superman. That counts for something — just in terms of visibility, just in terms of the fact that this is going to attract attention.”


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The move is just the latest in a string of characters that have emerged as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Earlier this summer, Tim Drake — aka Batman’s sidekick Robin — went on a date with a man named Bernard Dowd in an issue of Batman: Urban Legends . Meanwhile, in a 2019 episode of Young Justice: Outsiders , a young version of Aquaman came out on the animated series.

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Other major LGBTQ comic characters include DC’s Batwoman and Harley Quinn.

“When I was asked if I wanted to write a new Superman with a new #1 for the DC Universe, I knew replacing Clark with another straight white saviour could be a real opportunity missed,” Taylor says. “I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.”

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