DC is woke. Now, usually wokeness annoys the crap out of me, but here's the deal: I grew up black and not having any representation. I had The Rock, 2Pac, and Will Smith. One of them got shot, while the others eventually went on to portray superheroes much, much later. In the world of comic books, though? No. Superman? White. Batman? White. Spider-Man? Well, that was long before Miles Morales, so all I could really claim is that The Hulk was green, and thus claimable by every ethnicity.
The same struggle holds true for people of sexualities that are not that straight-forward (see what I did there). You'll be hard-pressed to find a gay, or bi-sexual superhero, and even harder-pressed to find one that's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit (2S), androgynous, asexual or Pikachu. Or, in short: LGBTQQIP2SAAPIKACHU.
Well, until now, because the new Superman and Robin change all that. Seriously, I applaud DC for this move, because, yes, it can be hard to be that lonely bi-kid, unsure and confused about what's what, and being told by every media outlet that the own desires are wrong. Having Superman in your corner, and seeing the Man of Steel kiss a boy like Katy Perry, certainly helps to feel represented. Good move, DC.
- A bisexual Superman, and a black Superman. It's all happening: Michael B. Jordan Is The New Superman
Now, enough with the ramble and congratulations: If you want to see the new Superman, Kal-El's son, Jon Kent explore the best of both worlds, you'll have to read Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, because we're not about to spoil it for you here. What we will get into is some commentary from writer Tom Taylor:
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.
In other, very much related news: Robin is bisexual too. Granted, Tim Drake has been bi since August, so he's not exactly a hot topic right now. Anywho, Tim realized he was missing half the world's pleasures in issue #6 of Batman: Urban Legends, so if you haven't given it a shot yet, we recommend you try this new age of superheroes.
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