Superman Jon Kent has come out as bisexual in The DC Comics series, Superman: Son of Kal-El.
In the latest issue, the son of Clark Kent falls for his college friend, who is a reporter, and the pair become romantically involved.
The comic’s writer, Tom Taylor, has claimed he’s ‘grateful’ DC and Warner Bros have welcomed the new direction.
He said: “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.”
The DC Chief Creative Officer, Jim Lee, commented, saying: “We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story from Tom Taylor and John Timms.”
The comic’s publisher has also praised the move and added that it’s another ‘incredible’ example of the powerful storytelling in the ‘DC multiverse’.
He said: “We can have Jon Kent exploring his identity in the comics as well as Jon Kent learning the secrets of his family on TV on Superman & Lois.
“They co-exist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously.”
The current superman, Jon Kent, has taken the reigns as Superman of Earth while his father is off-world in the comic series.
But he’s not the only superhero to have come out, as DC’s Robin, Tim Drake, also revealed he was bisexual in Batman: Urban Legends.
The storyline was announced on National Coming Out Day, an annual LGBTQ+ awareness day, and comes as the comic franchise aims to increase its efforts to become more LGBTQ-inclusive.
Just a few months ago, Marvel’s Captain America also made headlines by coming out as gay.
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