Back in February of 2009, DC Comics introduced Batwoman as its first openly gay headlining superhero. Today we learn that DC is planning to reintroduce an already established superhero as gay. We don’t know for sure which hero it will be but from a company with characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and more, the mind boggles as to which “established character” will come out as gay. Details are light right now about this coming out but you can click below to read all the reported deets currently available.
One question asked at the DC panel today at the Kapow comic convention in London, was about DC co-publisher Dan DiDio’s interview with The Advocate. Specifically over the decision not to change any character’s sexual orientation when relaunching the DC Universe. At the time Dan stated they would introduce new LGBT characters rather than switch orientation, but the question asked why DC would switch race, size, age, all sorts of identifying features, but not orientation. Surprisingly, Dan stated that they had changed DC’s policy in this regard. And they are about to reintroduce a previously existing DC character who was previously straight and now will be “one of our most prominent gay characters.” As Senior VP Sales Bob Wayne explained, just like the President of the United States, the co-publisher’s policy on this “has evolved.” And despite his best efforts to stem Dan’s wandering mouth, we also got the very strong impression that the death of Superman of Earth Two many not have been as final as portrayed…
…. SO, it’s possible that DC’s biggest hero — Superman — might be reintroduced as a gay character? HMMM. Over the past couple of years, Archie Comics has made great strides in portraying gay characters in their books. Their character Kevin Keller even enjoyed his own same-sex wedding ceremony. In fact, there have been a lot of big moments for gay characters in comic books over the years. I’m encouraged by this news that DC is planning to reintroduce an established character as gay. There are so many alternate universes in the comic book world that changing a characters story completely is really par for the course. Those changes allow comic book writers to breathe new life into old stories. I’m really curious to find out which character is going to come out as gay. Any guesses?