While Superman was always known as a big-time ladies’ man who was extremely heterosexual, DC Comics announced on Monday that it was switching things up. Its new Superman, Jon Kent, is coming out as bisexual in a new comic scheduled to be released in November. It’s being seen as a historical moment for the publisher and the character of Superman, with Jon having taken over the role from his father Clark Kent.
- Tom Taylor, the issue’s writer, believes it’s about time a change like this was made. As he said, “Everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes.” We all know the importance of representation across the board, so why shouldn’t there be diversity in comics as well? Taylor is onto something here.
- Superman has always been a symbol of all things good in the universe. As Taylor continued, “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.”
- The coming out will happen in a comic issue out next month. The issue is titled “Superman: Son of Kal-El #5.” In the story, Jon Kent falls in love with Jay Nakamura, a male reporter he befriended. They then become “romantically involved” and even have a kiss after Kent “mentally and physically burns out” from being a superhero and Nakamura steps in to look after him.
- John Timms, the artist for the comic, says this is a “pretty big deal.” Given Superman’s iconic status, he knows just how groundbreaking the change is. “As we have seen Jon grow up in front of our eyes, it will be interesting to see him not only trying to find himself as a person but a global superhero in the complex atmosphere of modern life. On the other hand, I hope this kind of thing will not be seen as a big deal in the future. You could visualize how it could pan in the future when the most powerful man in the world is part of the LGBT community.”
You can purchase the new issue on November 9 in print and in digital format.