DC Comics’ current Superman Jon Kent has come out as bisexual.
Jon Kent inherited the mantle of Superman from his father Clark Kent as is seen putting his own spin on the Man of Steel in Superman: Son of Kal-El. In the upcoming Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, the 17-year old comes out as bisexual.
IGN was able to debut the first plot details from the upcoming DC comic, revealing that Jon Kent is starting a relationship with Jay Nakamura, a hacktivist who is a huge fan of Lois Lane. The writer Tom Taylor also debuted a still from the comic that shows Superman kissing Jay.
Taylor, the writer behind the series also discussed how it was important for him to write a Superman for the new, modern era.
“Over the years in this industry, it probably won’t surprise you to hear I’ve had queer characters and storylines rejected. I felt like I was letting down people I loved every time this happened. But we are in a very different and much more welcome place today than we were ten, or even five years ago. When I was asked if I wanted to write a new Superman with a new #1 for the DC Universe, I knew replacing Clark with another straight white savior could be a real opportunity missed. I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.”
Artist John Timms continued by discussing how it will be interesting to see Jon Kent grow as Superman and the impact his sexuality will have on the LGBT community.
“It is a pretty big deal doing it with Jon Kent as Superman.As we have seen Jon grow up in front of our eyes, it will be interesting to see him not only trying to find himself as a person but a global super hero in the complex atmosphere of modern life. On the other hand, I hope this kind of thing will not be seen as a big deal in the future. You could visualize how it could pan in the future when the most powerful man in the world is part of the LGBT community. So many things are on the horizon and beyond.”
Superman: Son of Kal-El will hit newsstands and digital storefronts on November 9. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding DC Comics, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!