Superman’s son is bisexual in new DC comic book series

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Superman’s son turns out to be bisexual in the fifth edition of the DC comedy series. The announcement came on October 11, National Release Day, on the DC Comics blog.

“I have always said that everyone needs heroes and that everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I am very grateful to DC and Warner Bros. for sharing this idea,” said writer Tom Taylor. on the DC Comics blog. “The Superman symbol has always stood for hope, truth and justice. Today that symbol represents something more. Today more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in the world. comic.”


Jon Kent and Jay Nakamura in issue 5 of ‘Superman: Son Of Kal-El’ (Source: DC Comics)

“I am incredibly honored to work alongside Tom on the Superman: Son of Kal-El series showing Jon Kent tackling his complex modern life, while saving the world from its greatest threats, villains and threats, ”said artist John Timms.

In the fifth comic book in the series, much like his father, Jon Kent falls in love with a reporter, this time journalist Jay Nakamura.

In an interview with CNN excerpt on Twitter, Australian comedian Taylor told host John Berman why the character became bisexual.

“After seeing the reactions, seeing what it meant to people, all over the world in different languages… a lot of people say they broke down in tears. ‘I never thought I could see myself in Superman. . ‘ And homosexuals said they would like to have that growing up, and are so happy that the younger ones who haven’t gone out have that today. “

Taylor has also co-created blockbuster comics and graphic novels about characters from Batman, Spider-Man, NightWing, Wolverine, and Star Wars. His previous fourth title in the new series, Superman: Son of Kal-El, was released in July.


writer Tom Taylor and artist John Timms

“Over the years in this industry, it probably won’t surprise you to hear that I’ve rejected queer characters and storylines. It felt like I let down the people I loved every time that I did. was happening, ”writer Taylor said in an interview with IGN.

“But we’re in a very different and much more welcome place today than we were ten or even five years ago. When I was asked if I wanted to write a new Superman with a new # 1 for DC Universe, I knew replacing Clark with another straight white savior could be a real missed opportunity. I’ve always said that everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is released.

In this version of the Superman series, Kal-El’s son replaces him as an advocate, but with a more social focus, including taking action during school shootings and addressing environmental concerns.

The announcement was not without some criticism, including Republican Arizona Senator Wendy Rogers, who in a much maligned tweet spelled Lois Lane as “Louis Lane.” Rogers also typed an imitated lisp, suggesting his name is “Thooperman”.

“Lois Lane is his mother,” CNN’s Berman said. “How depraved! “

Rogers received many other sassy responses online.

Mark Harris replied, “I don’t know who Louis Lane is, but he looks sexy.”

Rogers and others have confused John Kent, the son of Superman, with Clark Kent, the real character of Superman.

Additionally, in a not surprisingly sarcastic comment, Dean Cain, now a decidedly right-wing Republican, who played Superman on the Lois and Clark TV show, called the comic book character’s bisexuality “neither brave nor daring.”

Taylor summed up the controversy with his comments on CNN.

“We’re going to have negative reactions to this, but the key for me isn’t the people who are upset. It’s for the people who are welcome. It’s more powerful than a locomotive.”

The new number of Superman: Son of Kal-El will be in comic book stores and available online November 9.

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