Two months ago, Batman’s sidekick, Robin, came out as bisexual in a comic book. The issue ended with Robin expressing interest in another man. Now, DC Comics has taken a “bold new direction” for its most iconic superhero, Superman, by having the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, Jonathan, come out as bisexual. Jonathan inherited his father’s role as the title superhero for a new series that began in July.
Although the new series, Superman: Son of Kal-El, is just getting started, Superman has taken on popular issues of the day like school shootings and climate change. There was even an issue devoted to his helping a group of refugees who faced deportation.
But now, the comic has taken a new direction with the young superhero’s love life. Like his father before him, Jonathan is falling in love with a reporter. Except while Clark Kent fell for Lois Lane, Jonathan is falling for “hacktivist” Jay Nakamura, a man.
“Just like his father before him, Jon Kent has fallen for a reporter,” the company said in a press release.
However, Jay and Lois will be starkly different types of characters. While the original Superman would often save Lois from a “damsel in distress” type situation, Jay will play a much more active role in supporting the storyline. As a twist, Jay will begin to develop his own superpowers throughout the series. Jay looks up to Lois as a hero in journalism. There will definitely be differences between the two love interests, but it is interesting that they both share an interest in journalism.
“Jay has his own fight,” said series writer Tom Taylor to IGN. “He’s obviously an effective journalist, and Lois Lane is his hero. But Jay is also a refugee from [the fictional island nation of] Gamorra, so his experience also reflects Clark’s. While this has fortunately changed over the years, historically, Lois has often fulfilled a damsel role. Jay Nakamura will never be that. He and Jon will tackle many things side-by-side.”
So what are the details of the gay Superman romance? D.C. Comics has not revealed everything yet; however, they did report that Jon meets Jay after struggling with “mental and physical burnout” from all the stress in his life.
“After initially striking up a friendship with reporter Jay Nakamura, he and Jon become romantically involved,” the company said. “Following a scene where Superman mentally and physically burns out from trying to save everyone that he can, Jay is there to care for the Man of Steel.”
D.C. Comics added, “Faster than fate. As powerful as hope. Able to lift us all. For all his great power, Jon Kent can’t save everyone, but that won’t stop him from trying. How much can Earth’s new Superman do before this Man of Steel buckles? And when he does, who swoops in to save Superman?”
What do you think about this new era of “woke” comic books? Many fans welcome the new stories because they haven’t been told before. Others worry that the comics could be too progressive for young people these days.
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