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A former Superman actor has criticised the decision to create a bisexual version of the character.
Dean Cain played Clarke Kent in the popular television series Lois and Clarke: The New Adventures of Superman and he has now slammed DC for 'bandwagoning' after revealing that the superhero is set to come out as bisexual in a new edition of the comic book, and start a relationship with another man.
Speaking on Fox and Friends, the 55-year-old said: "They said it's a bold new direction... I say they're bandwagoning.
"Robin, of Batman and Robin, just came out as bi or gay recently and honestly who's really shocked about that one? I had some thoughts about that a long time ago.
"The new Captain America is gay, my daughter in [the CW series] Supergirl, where I played the father, she was gay.
"So I don't think it's bold or brave or some crazy new direction. If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would have been bold or brave.
"But brave would be having him fight for the rights of gay people in Iran where they'll throw you off a building for the offence of being gay."
This comes after DC announced, on National Coming Out Day, that Superman was bisexual.
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."
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.
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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."
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