Now it's official: John Kent, son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, will be bisexual in the new DC comics, as it became known yesterday – on National Coming Out Day. In the DC Universe, he first appeared in the form of the superhero Superboy, and then took on the mantle of his father and became Superman.
The comic will be released on November 9th. In its story, John Kent will have a romantic relationship with reporter Jay Nakamura.
According to Variety, the decision to portray a superhero as bisexual is a high-profile example of how comic publishers widely spread the idea of the LGBTQ community on their pages. In August, DC published a new comic in which Robin, Batman's partner, was also portrayed as bisexual. Other famous LGBTQ characters include Batwoman, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, Iceman, Miss America, and Pole Star.
Comic book author Tom Taylor noted that now many more people will be able to see themselves in the famous superhero.
I've always said that everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. I am very grateful to DC and Warner Bros. for sharing this idea. Superman has always symbolized the pursuit of hope, truth and justice. Today this symbol represents something more. Now more and more people will be able to see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics,
– he noted.
Nevertheless, comic book fans were not delighted with this news. They literally attacked DC Comics' official Instagram account, where they resent Superman's orientation.
Superman is not gay!
Don't change the classics! Create something new, be original!
Don't ruin our favorite DC character!
You will lose many fans.
Stop doing all bisexual or gay comics. You are just trying to force it on innocent children. I'll make sure my kids don't watch DC comics,
– write netizens.