There’s a new Superman in town — and he will be in a romantic relationship with a man, according to DC Comics.
Jonathan Kent, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, will share a kiss with Jay Nakamura in the new series “Superman: Son of Kal-El,” which is coming out next month, according to The Seattle Times.
“The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity,” Tom Taylor, who writes the series, said in an interview. He added that 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.”
Superman coming out is a memorable moment, even when many other comics have embraced diversity as well. Batman’s sidekick, Robin, acknowledged romantic feelings for a male as well: Tim Drake. An Aquaman comic stars a gay Black man who is to become the title hero, The Seattle Times reported.
However, not everyone is happy about the news.
In August, a commenter on a website complained that “Marvel and DC have ruined their characters to please the woke mob, who don’t even buy comics.”
But others have shown their support of a bisexual Superman.
“It’s nice to see queer superheroes being more mainstream now, I’m very happy to see people like me being the main characters,” a commenter wrote on another site.
Jonathan and Nakamura met in an August story during Jonathan’s ill-fated attempt to hide his identity and attend high school, according to The Seattle Times. Nakamura is a journalist who met Jonathan’s parents and was awe-stuck by Lane. This month, readers will discover that Nakamura has special abilities as well.
“Jay could be the only person in Jon’s life that he does not have to protect,” Taylor said. “I wanted to have a really equal, supportive relationship for those two.”
The editors at DC were already considering similar lines of the development for the character and were supportive, according to The Seattle Times.
“I’ve always said everyone needs heroes, and they deserve to see themselves in their heroes,” Taylor told The Seattle Times. “For so many people, having the strongest superhero in comics come out is incredibly powerful.”