Saturday, April 13, 2024

Superman confirmed as bisexual with comic Superman: Son of Kal-El

The Man of Steel is a figure that has become well-loved among men in particular due to his ability to save the day, his love for Lois Lane and his impeccable desire to do good. All in all, he is the stereotypical epitome of the modern, heterosexual man. His son, Jon Kent, looked to follow that same standard but not this time. No, this time Superman is bisexual and proud.

In Superman: Son of Kal-El, Jon Kent sheds the mantle of Superboy to become a Superman while his father is off-world. As expected of him, Jon does a fabulous job of rescuing people and pretty much saving the whole damn world. The one problem is that he soon becomes burnt out – physically and mentally. Thankfully, he has his own hero to come and save him: reporter Jake Nakamura.

Tackling this wonderful issue is writer Tom Taylor (known for his work on Dark Knights of Steel) and artist John Timms (Harley Quinn). Taylor states that he has always said “everyone needs heroes, and everyone deserves to seem themselves in their heroes, and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea.”

Taylor went on to add “Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”

“We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story from Tom Taylor and John Timms,” said DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee in a press release for the upcoming comic. “We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another incredible example. We can have Jon Kent exploring his identity in the comics as well as Jon Kent learning the secrets of his family on TV on Superman & Lois. They coexist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously.”

Indeed, this new take on Jon Kent is a welcome one and it isn’t long after DC confirmed that Tim Drake, one of Batman’s oldest allies, is queer too. Nebulously maybe, but still pretty queer.

DC has always been queer – just look at the long, if somewhat turbulent history with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, and even before them there was Hartley Rathaway, AKA the Pied Piper – a reformed villain turned friend and ally of Wally West, the third Flash. Still, we won’t say no to a bisexual Superman, no sir!

Fans will get to seen Jon Kent discover his true self in Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 when it releases on November 9th.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.