The New Superman Comes Out as Bisexual in DC’s Upcoming Comic

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The Man of Steel enters into a “queer relationship,” CNN reports.

Superman and his boyfriend share a kiss while “sitting together atop a building, their legs dangling off the edge,” CNN explains.

The DC comic series called “Superman: Son of Kal-El” introduces the “new Superman.”

Jon Kent, the son of Clark Kent and Lane, is bisexual.

Ken falls into a relationship with a male reporter named Jay Nakamura.

DC made the announcement this past week. Superman first appeared in comic books 80 years ago.

CNN anchor Don Lemon, who is reportedly engaged to boyfriend Tim Malone, celebrated the decision by DC comics on air.

Lemon celebrates the new Superman for “coming out” and gain his “autonomy,” meaning he can be true to himself and honest with the world.

Tom Taylor, who is the comic book writer for the DC series, insists that the new Superman is evolving but “keeping with the values the character has always represented.”

“Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice,” Taylor said in a statement.

“Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”

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Taylor explained that new Superman find a “very good friend very early on,” hinting at his relationship with another man.

“They’re going to have a big role in this,” Taylor concludes about Superman and his bisexual lover.

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That friend, it soon became clear, was Nakamura. He and Kent are the newest, but far from the only, LGBTQ characters in the DC universe — earlier this year, the character Tim Drake, one of the many Robins to fight alongside Batman, accepted a date from a male admirer. And before Kent and Drake, there was Batwoman, also known as Kate Kane, who at one point was punished for her relationship with another woman under the US military’s former “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy; Harley Quinn, who’s ditched the Joker for her friend Poison Ivy in recent comic runs; and the transgender scientist Victoria October, who debuted in a 2017 Batman series.

NPR’s Glen Weldon, who’s written a book on Batman and regularly writes about comics, said that the queering of characters like Robin and Superman is “progress,” but because the characters who come out are not the canonical iterations of heroes — Drake isn’t the only Robin in the DC Universe, and Jon Kent’s father will always be the best-known Superman — the plot developments aren’t as significant or genre-shifting as they seem, Weldon wrote this week.

Still, Weldon said, a bisexual Superman and queer Robin are worth celebrating — they’re not a one-dimensional villain or side character who’s quickly killed off, but the “heroes of their own stories.”

Fans can read more about Kent’s burgeoning romance when the fifth issue of “Superman: Son of Kal-El” is released on November 9.


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