Superman to come out as bisexual in new DC Comics book
Superman will come out as bisexual in a new comic book, DC Comics has announced.
Jon Kent - the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane - will fall for a reporter like his father.
The new version of the superhero is taking a 'bold new direction', writers said, and will become romantically involved with Jay Nakamura in Superman: Son Of Kal-El #5.
DC Comics said that following a scene 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'.
Superman’s coming out is the latest example of comic books embracing LGBT+ inclusive backgrounds for its heroes.
Tim Drake, the latest incarnation of Batman’s sidekick Robin, also came out as bisexual this year.
And Marvel announced the first gay Captain America, another classic superhero typically associated with traditional ideals of masculinity.
“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", writer Tom Taylor said.
“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.”
“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", artist John Timms said.
Superman: Son Of Kal-El #5 will be available from November 9.