Ever since Superman appeared in comic books 80 years ago, he has pretty much done everything—saved the world, returned from the dead, romanced Lois Lane. However, in the latest comics from DC stable, Superman does something he has never done before—falls for a male reporter. DC announced this week that in the fifth issue of the DC comic series "Superman: Son of Kal-El”, the man of steel will come out as a bisexual.
What we know so far is that the new Superman Jon Kent, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, who grapples with the immensity of being entrusted with his new responsibility, finds a shoulder to lean on in Jay Nakamura, a bespectacled writer with a bubble-gum pink mop. He eventually falls for Jay.
I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, #Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, comes out as bisexual. I chatted to @georgegustines at the @nytimes about what's coming for Jon Kent.https://t.co/rcIYLXl7FB— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) October 11, 2021
The particulars of the issue's plot are to be revealed in November, but images from the comic show Kent and Nakamura sharing a kiss and sitting together atop a building, their legs dangling off the edge.
Series writer Tom Taylor said in a statement that the evolution of this new Superman is keeping with the values the character has always represented -- and, importantly, reflects the experiences of many comic fans.
"Superman's symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice," Taylor said in a statement. "Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics."