In a new album about to be released, Superman will start a homosexual relationship with a young journalist. The American superhero will thus assume his “identity” of “bisexual” according to his editor.
In a comic book to be released in November, the new Superman, the son of Clark Kent, will fall in love with a man and assume his “identity” as a “bisexual”, announced on October 11 the publisher DC Comics, a subsidiary of Warner Bros.
“I always said that everyone needed heroes and had the right to represent themselves in these heroes”, explained the author of the comic strip, Tom Taylor, quoted in a press release illustrated by a drawing by the artist John Timms , where Superman’s son Jon Kent kisses a young journalist named Jay Nakamura on the mouth.
The DC Comics ad is headlined: “Jon Kent has found his identity (…) The new Superman is displayed as bisexual.” Tom Taylor believes that “the symbol of Superman has always been hope, truth and justice. Today that symbol is something more (and) more people can relate to the most powerful superhero in comics. ”
In an August issue of Superman, Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent and journalist Lois Lane, befriended reporter Jay Nakamura. In the issue to appear on November 9 in the United States, this relationship will turn into a romantic romance.
Superheroes have always been, potentially, a little “queer”
This summer, rumors of a “gay Superman” and a “coming out” of the superhero had agitated trade publications and fan sites.
And this is not the first time that American comics have changed the sexuality of its characters: the Aquaman series featured a black and gay superhero this summer, while in the last edition of the Batman comic book, Robin was also displayed as bisexual.
For Ben Saunders, professor and specialist in the study of comics and cartoons, the times are “less corseted” and it is “a very good thing”.
“With the consequence that popular culture has integrated what some have known for a while: superheroes have always been, potentially, a little” queer “,” said the researcher.
In this new Superman series titled “Son of Kal-El”, Jon Kent is a superhero with different concerns than his father: he is very involved against social injustices, climate change and the refugee crisis.