DC Comics has announced that Jon Kent, the new Superman, will come out as bisexual in November's issue. The writer said,"everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes." Here's what we know about the new Man of Steel.
Jon Kent will be the new Superman of Earth in the comic book series Superman: Son Of Kal-El, which takes place in the main continuity of the DC multiverse. The character will also be in the TV series, Superman and Lois.
He comes out as bisexual just months after Robin came out as bisexual in the new Batman comics.
"I've always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes," said writer Tom Taylor.
"Superman's symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice.
"Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics."
Who is the new Superman Jon Kent?
Jon Kent is the son of Superman Clark Kent and news reporter Lois Lane. He first appeared in Convergence Superman #2.
Half Kryptonian and half human, the onset of his superpowers has made him eager to follow in his father's footsteps, first as his trusty side-kick Superboy and now as Superman himself.
In the new comics, Jon Kent is in his late-teens, having grown up very fast after a vacation across the cosmos he took with his grandfather, Jor-El.
In Superman #6 (2018), Jon, having left Earth a few weeks previous as a young boy, returned to his parents on Earth as a 17-year-old man. He'd been stuck on Earth-3, a prisoner of the notorious Crime Syndicate, for seven years, which only amounted to a few weeks on Earth due to the whole interdimensional thing.
Clark and Lois were cut-up having missed their son growing up, but also proud of the man he'd become.
From then on, Jon fought by his father's side and joined the Legion of Super-Heroes. It was also his idea to form the United Planets, an intergalactic governing body that still exists in the DC Universe's 30th Century.
Now, in 2021, Jon comes into his own as the new Superman of Earth in Superman: Son of Kal-El.
Who is Jon Kent's love interest?
"Just like his father before him, Jon Kent has fallen for a reporter," we're told by DC Comics.
"After initially striking up a friendship with reporter Jay Nakamura, he and Jon become romantically involved in the pages of Superman: Son Of Kal-El #5.
"Following a scene where Superman mentally and physically burns out from trying to save everyone that he can, Jay is there to care for the Man of Steel," DC Comics added.
Superman: Son of Kal-El came out in print and online in July 2021 and November's issue will see Jon Kent come out as bisexual.