It has been confirmed that the new Superman will come out as bisexual in the next DC Comics issue.
Jonathan Kent, who is the son of original Superman Clark Kent and Louis Lane, will embark on a same-sex romance with friend Jay Nakamura.
Series writer Tom Taylor announced the news in an interview with The New York Times, and said: ‘The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white saviour felt like a missed opportunity.’
Taylor added: ‘I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros share this idea.
‘Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth, and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.’
Jon’s sexuality will be addressed in the fifth issue titled Son of Kal-El, which will be released on November 9, after teasing his attraction to news reporter Jay in past instalments.
DC publisher and CCO Jim Lee said in a statement: ‘We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story from Tom Taylor and John Timms. We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another incredible example.
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