DC Comics’ new Superman Jon Kent, the son of original Superman Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is bisexual in a new comic series.
In the comics, Jon Kent has taken on the role of “Superman of Earth” after his father leaves the planet.
In Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, out on November 9, readers see Jon’s friendship with reporter Jay Nakamura (above right) develop into a romance.
Seeing the superhero burnt out physically and mentally from the job, Jay cares for the Man of Steel in the scenes.
The comic’s Melbourne-based writer Tom Taylor said the development is “not a gimmick”.
“I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes,” he said.
“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.”
DC Comics shared that Jon Kent has “fallen for a reporter, just like his father” on National Coming Out Day. The US recognises the day on Monday, October 11.
— Superman (@DCSuperman) October 11, 2021
Taylor told Reuters the reactions were mostly positive, and in some cases quite emotional.
“I’m seeing tweets of people saying they burst into tears when they read the news,” he said.
“That they wished that Superman was this when they were growing up, that they could see themselves,” he added.
“People are saying for the first time ever they’re seeing themselves in Superman, something they never thought was possible.”
Jon Kent joins other queer DC Comics characters
Other DC universe characters to come out as queer in recent years include Robin, the alias of Tim Drake. He’s bisexual in the comic series Batman: Urban Legends.
Batwoman is a lesbian in recent iterations of the character, including on-screen in TV series Batwoman.
Harley Quinn and her best friend Poison Ivy are also romantically involved in animated series Harley Quinn‘s second season.
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