Superman to come out as bisexual in new comic book

By Keiran Southern, PA Los Angeles Correspondent & Alan Johnson

Superman is to come out as bisexual in a forthcoming comic book instalment, publisher DC Comics has announced.

A new version of the superhero, the son of the original Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is taking a "bold new direction" according to writers.

Just like his father, Jon Kent will fall for a reporter - namely Jay Nakamura - in the comic Superman: Son Of Kal-El #5.

DC Comics said that after the scene in question, where Superman "mentally and physically burns out from trying to save everyone that he can", Jay is "there to care for the Man of Steel".

"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," enthused writer Tom Taylor.

"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."

Artist John Timms, meanwhile, added: "I’m incredibly honoured to be working beside Tom on the Superman: Son Of Kal-El series showing Jon Kent tackling his complex modern life, while also saving the world from its greatest threats, villains and menaces."

Recent editions of the comic book have seen Jon Kent being forced to deal with different issues to the traditional ones encountered by father, Clark.

Such stories have seen the superhero tackle wildfires caused by climate change, prevent a high school shooting and fight for refugees.

Superman's coming out isn't the first time a major comic book has embraced LGBT inclusive backgrounds for its heroes. Tim Drake, a new incarnation of Batman’s sidekick Robin, also came out as bisexual earlier this year.

The comic book will be available from November 9.

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