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DC Comics Reveals Superman Is Bisexual In Latest Edition

Stewart Perrie


DC Comics Reveals Superman Is Bisexual In Latest Edition

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DC Comics opened up about Superman's sexuality.

The new iteration of the Man of Steel, who is the child of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, appears to be bisexual.

The upcoming edition of the comic, Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, shows Jonathan Kent engage in a kiss with a friend.

Series writer Tom Taylor explained how they had a chance to modernise some of the characters when they revamped the superhero narrative.

Credit: DC Comics
Credit: DC Comics

Speaking to the New York Times, the writer said: "The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity."

A snippet of the new edition shows Superman find a romance with reporter Jay Nakamura.

The journalist cares for the superhero after he 'mentally and physically burns out from trying to save everyone that he can. Jay also has special powers, but they haven't been revealed just yet.

Not only have the writers updated the superhero narrative to include a diversity in identities, but they have also modernised the enemies they battle against.

Superman has been recently fighting against the deportation of refugees, he has stopped a high school shooting and he was seen trying to extinguish climate change-induced bushfires.

It was hoped that seeing a superhero fight against real-world issues would be more appealing to readers.

Credit: DC Comics
Credit: DC Comics

Tom Taylor said: "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."

Superman isn't the only big-name superhero who has been revealed to be a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Robin - also known as Tim Drake in the civilian world - came out as bisexual in a recent comic titled Batman: Urban Legends #6.

Writers wanted to dive a little deeper into Batman's loyal sidekick's storyline and they showed his attraction to men and women.

DC also recently revealed that Loki, the mischievous brother of Thor, is not only bisexual but they are also gender-fluid.

Representation within comic books - including those produced by the industry's biggest publishers, Marvel and DC - has increased massively in recent years.

You'd have to go far back as 1988 to find DC's first openly gay superhero, Spanish character Extraño, although his appearances were few and far between until recent years (and notably the DC Pride series).

Stewart Perrie
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