Superman will be bisexual in the new edition of DC Studio’s comic book series, which comes out Nov. 9, the publisher announced in a statement on Monday. The protagonist of the new story is Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, who adopts the identity of Superman. According to DC Comics, the young man is a reporter, like his parents, and establishes a friendship with a fellow journalist named Jay Nakamura, with whom he will later start a romantic relationship.
under the title Superman: Son of Kal-El, the comic, signed by screenwriter Tom Taylor and designer John Timms, is part of DC’s bet on a multiverse, a great narrative landmark in which heroes and villains from different worlds coexist, with plots and temporary realities. Jon Kent is also concerned about the climate crisis and refugees. “It’s as powerful as hope, faster than fate, and able to lift us all up, and it’s a very young hero who finds his way, fighting things different from what his father faced,” Taylor said on Monday. .
The editor shared an image on the internet of Kent and Nakamura appearing to be kissing. “It’s not an attention-getting ploy,” Taylor pointed out. “When I was offered this job, I thought, ‘Well, if we’re going to have a new Superman, it would be a wasted chance to imagine him as another white, straight savior.’ I always said that everyone needs heroes, and everyone needs to see themselves in their heroes. The Superman symbol has always stood up in defense of hope, truth and justice. Today this symbol represents something else. Today, more people can see themselves reflected in the most powerful superhero in comics,” he added.
The publisher wanted the announcement of the new edition to coincide with the US National Wardrobe Exit Day, celebrated every October 11th. “We don’t want it to be something along the lines of ‘DC Comics Creates a New Superman want‘. We want it to be: ‘Superman finds himself, becomes Superman and then leaves,’ and I think that’s a really important distinction,” noted the writer.
Competitor Marvel has resorted to multiverses and extended timelines to make changes to some of its most celebrated heroes, such as Thor, who once had his female version; Captain America, who was a black soldier; and Iron Man, transformed into a 15-year-old African American girl. On the topic of sexuality, some of the characters from Marvel and DC had already broken this barrier, such as the mutant Colosso, from X-Men, and Batwoman, who had her lesbian anti-hero version, but none of them with the scale and fame of Superman.
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