DC Comics announces new Superman to be released as bisexual
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a refreshing, modern take on a classic superhero.
DC Comics announced Monday that its new Superman will be released as bisexual in the next issue “Superman: Son of Kal-El “# 5, by writer Tom Taylor and artist John Timms.
“I have always said that everyone needs heroes and that everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I am very grateful to DC and Warner Bros. for sharing this idea,” Taylor said. “The Superman symbol has always stood for hope, truth and justice. Today this symbol represents something more.
“Son of Kal-El” # 5 is due out on November 9th.
Jonathan Kent – the 17-year-old son of Clark Kent and journalist Lois Lane – has all the same powers as his father, NPRComic book aficionado in residence Glen Weldon reports. For this reason, Jon will take over the mantle of Superman while his pop, the OG Man of Steel, will be superhero in space indefinitely.
And the villainous residents of Ka-powing Metropolis aren’t the only way Superman Jr. imitates his father: Jon will also fall in love with a reporter, a hacker friend of his named Jay Nakamura. Taylor describes Lois Lane as Jay’s “hero”, but he pointed out to IGN that Jay himself won’t be a damsel (or guy) in distress.
It’s because Jay has his own superpowers.
“This means that of everyone in Jon’s life, Jay is the one person Jon doesn’t need to protect,” Taylor explained. “It means their relationship is equal and based on mutual support.”
Taylor and Timms are known for their work on Harley Quinn comics, and the acrobatic hammer clown was the first openly bisexual character Taylor ever wrote. Taylor told IGN that despite his success, he has many queer characters and storylines rejected by the industry.
“The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another pure white savior was a missed opportunity,” Taylor told The New York Times. “For so many people, bringing out the strongest superhero in comics is incredibly powerful.”