Superman is to come out as bisexual in an upcoming comic issue, publisher Dc comics announced.
A new version of the superhero, the son of the original Clark Kent and Lois Lane, goes “a bold new direction”, according to authors.
Just like his father, Jon Kent will fall in love with a reporter – Jay Nakamura – in the comic book Superman: Son Of Kal-El # 5.
DC Comics said that after the scene in question where Superman “burns out mentally and physically for trying to save everyone he can”, Jay is “there to take care of the man of steel.”
“I’ve always said that everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes, and I’m very grateful that DC and Warner Bros share this idea,” enthused writer Tom Taylor.
“Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, truth and justice. Today this symbol stands for more.
“Today more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”
Meanwhile, artist John Timms added, “I am incredibly honored to be working alongside Tom on the series Superman: Son Of Kal-El, which shows Jon Kent tackling his complex modern life and the world before theirs biggest threats, rogues and rescues threats. “
In the recent editions of the comic, Jon Kent was forced to deal with problems other than the traditional ones that Father Clark encountered.
Such stories have shown how the superhero fought forest fires caused by climate change, prevented a high school shootout, and fought for refugees.
Superman’s coming out is not the first time a major comic book has LGBT-inclusive backgrounds for its heroes. Tim Drake, a new incarnation of Batman’s pal Robin, also came out as bisexual earlier this year.
The comic will be available from November 9th.
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