The best and worst reactions to the release of DC’s new Superman as bisexual
Jon Kent, aka Superman, is officially bisexual. (DC Comics)
The news of DC’s bisexual Superman has thrilled many die-hard comic book fans, but conservative commentators find it hard to bear.
DC Comics announced yesterday (October 11) that Jon Kent, the eldest son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, will take over Superman’s torch after his father leaves Earth – and that he will be in a relationship with a man.
The story will be revealed in the November 9 issue Superman: Son of Kal-El # 5, which will see Jon fall in love with journalist Jay Nakamura.
It’s a small detail that will allow LGBT + people “to see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics,” screenwriter Tom Taylor noted, but many experts find it hard to see the positives.
As you might expect, the most hysterical takes came from Fox News, where journalist Raymond Arroyo furiously questioned why DC Comics “sexualized superheroes.”
âCall me when they have a gender stable alley with superheroes that we don’t know about sexualities. Why do they sexualize superheroes? He asked Laura Ingraham.
âI was a child of Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man. I loved these heroes. We just wanted them to get the bad guys, not venereal disease. Leave our comic book heroes alone.
It doesn’t matter that Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and dozens of other characters have been portrayed in heterosexual relationships for decades – the sight of Superman kissing another man makes him suddenly sexual, apparently.
âWhy do they sexualize superheroes? They are not, you are. Gay kissing is not hardcore pornography. https://t.co/IPOlijx0s3
– Vyle makes noiseð (@Vylentine) 12 October 2021
I love the implication that heterosexual relationships (Superman / Lois Lane, Batman / Catwoman, Spider-Man / Mary Jane) are by no means sexualized.
Bi people exist, just like bi characters. To cope. https://t.co/IZSZKVg73m
– Murrurrn Urrv Urr Thurrzurrnd Rurrvurrs (@SentinelM) 12 October 2021
Then there was former Superman actor Dean Cain, who portrayed the Man of Steel for four seasons in the 1993 TV series. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Also appearing on Fox, Cain spoke with disdain about the new inclusive LGBT scenario. âThey said it was a bold new direction. I say they are walking on the march, âhe said.
âI don’t think it’s daring or brave or some crazy new direction. If they had done it 20 years ago, it might be daring or courageous. But brave would be to make him fight for gay rights in Iran where they will throw you out of a building for homosexuality.
He said he would like to see Superman fight “real evil in today’s world … real corruption and government excesses.”
The good news: Superman has done it before, as one true comic book fan pointed out.
In Action Comics # 1 (1938), Superman ended a wrongful government execution, beat up a spousal abuser, and ended government corruption by outside interests.
But some people would have you believe that Superman just woke up in 2021. pic.twitter.com/SEZQUOzMRA
– Oliver Willis (@owillis) 12 October 2021
Thankfully, many other fans were happy to explain why a bisexual Superman isn’t disaster. Fox News would you like to believe it – and it is very much in line with the comics.
Here are some of the best take out.
Superman is a fictional alien from a fictional planet who can fly and shoot lasers from his eyes who managed to imbue a fictional human being, but the fact that the fictional child in this fictional pregnancy is bisexual is the part that some people reject as complete nonsense.
– Andrew (@ AndrewMcG_90) 12 October 2021
A lot of people who get mad about it probably don’t even know who Jon Kent is. They’re not bringing a shoehorn inherited superhero back into portrayal, they are developing a fairly new character (2015 est.).
Clark Kent still exists, he just had a Bi son. Big deal.
– Odie (@Odie__T) October 11, 2021
Dear right-wing bigots:
The new “Gay Superman” isn’t the Superman you think of, who doesn’t exist either.
He is the son of Clark Kent and Lois (not Louis) Lane.
He is therefore in fact the anchor baby of a father who is an illegal alien.
To feel better?
– Ms. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) 12 October 2021
Superman is an undocumented immigrant.
Batman is the victim of gun violence.
Wonder Woman is bisexual.
Aquaman must protect a kingdom from warming oceans and plastic.
Martian Manhunter survived the genocide.
Comics. Are. Politics.
– Dennis (@Dennisthatsit) September 13, 2018
It’s comics, my dear. Remember that time Batman spent a sleepover in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and they had all those deep, meaningful moments with a lot of touching and then a bunch of very phallic space slugs got together to mate? ? Fun for the whole family! pic.twitter.com/kZRYZdZuCp
– Clodagh Dunne (@ClodaghSnarks) 12 October 2021
God forbid any of these homophobes to read a single Batman / Superman comic and see how straight their ‘friendship’ is pic.twitter.com/QRCVT3tcs0
– Gayson Whorehees Kyle (@justagaynerd) 12 October 2021