DC Comics has revealed that Superman is bisexual on National Coming Out Day.
Jonathan 'Jon' Kent - the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane - took the Superman title from his dad and will now help DC move in a 'bold new direction'.
Writer Tom Taylor explained: "I've always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I'm very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea.
"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 KENT IS BISEXUAL! SUPERMAN IS LGBTQ+! THIS IS SO COOL! pic.twitter.com/Q2J99aNyqi
- Ashley Talks Comics! (@ComicGirlAshley) October 11, 2021
Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 follows Jon, who falls for a reporter, just like his own father. After striking up an initial friendship with Jay Nakamura, the pair become romantically involved.
The upcoming issue of the comic is set to be released on 9 November and fans will be able to read about Superman becoming mentally and physically burnt out from trying to save everyone that he can. But, luckily, Jay is there to care for the Man of Steel.
Speaking about the move, DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee, said: "We couldn't be prouder to tell this important story from Tom Taylor and John Timms [artist].
"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 Superman & Lois. They coexist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously."
Taking to Twitter, fans are clearly loving the announcement, with one writing: "How wonderful is it that DC Comics revealed Jon Kent as bisexual on #NationalComingOutDay?!
I have no doubt that this kind of representation will help so many people. And it makes me proud to be both a Superman and DC fan!"
Back in August, DC announced that Batman's sidekick Robin is also part of the LGBTQ+ community with the character - who is also known as Tim Drake, sans mask and cape - coming out as bisexual.
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