The modern reimagining of the world’s greatest superhero is proving to be a huge step up for the LGBTQ+ community in terms of representation in mainstream comics, according to IGN.
The latest issue of Superman will see Jon Kent, the son of Clark Kent/Kal-El and Lois Lane, identify as bisexual. As a refresher, Clark has passed the mantle of Superman onto his son Jon. The former Superboy will soon be getting his own series titled “Superman: Son of Kal-El.”
The character was introduced in July 2015 and went on to become one of the most recognizable faces of DC Comics. Jon Kent (full name Jonathan Samuel Kent) has gone through a lot ever since his first appearance six years ago. He has survived a multiversal crisis, took on the cape to become Superboy, and even formed a team called “Super Sons” with Damian Wayne aka Robin.
Prior to leaving Earth with his grandfather Jor-El, Jon was a pre-teen. However, he aged drastically during his time out in space. Now as a 17-year-old and close to reaching his true potential, Jon has been entrusted with protecting the blue planet by his father, Superman.
Writer Tom Taylor spoke to IGN about the character’s sexuality. “Over the years in this industry, it probably won’t surprise you to hear I’ve had queer characters and storylines rejected. I felt like I was letting down people I loved every time this happened,” he said,
“But we are 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 the DC Universe, I knew replacing Clark with another straight white savior could be a real opportunity missed.”
“I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.”
Back in August, DC revealed Tim Drake aka the third Robin to be bisexual. Drake identified as bisexual in “Batman: Urban Legends.” The announcement led to an outpouring of support from fans. Let’s hope Jon gets the same support and love from readers.
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