Oct 12, 2021 - Technology

New Superman comes out as bisexual in upcoming DC Comics issue

Jonathan Kent, the new Superman, who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, with his friend Jay.

Jonathan Kent, the new Superman and son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, shares a kiss with reporter Jay Nakamura. Image: John Timms/DC Comics

The new Superman, Jonathan Kent, will soon come out as bisexual after becoming romantically involved with his reporter friend Jay Nakamura, DC Comics announced Monday.

Why it matters: The major announcement on the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane coincided with National Coming Out Day. Writer Tom Taylor told the New York Times following the announcement that the idea of "replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity."

  • A new Superman "had to have new fights — real world problems — that he could stand up to as one of the most powerful people in the world," Taylor added.

Details: Jonathan Kent, who's currently known as the "Superman of Earth," will come out in the Nov. 9 issue of "Superman: Son of Kal-El #5," when "like his father before him," he falls for a reporter, according to a DC Comics statement.

The bottom line: "Superman's symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more," Taylor said in a statement.

  • "Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics."
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