DC Comics has announced that an iconic character will soon be coming out as gay.
Co-publisher Dan DiDio of DC Comics was speaking at the Kapow Comic Convention in London on Sunday according to Bleeding Cool where he revealed that a character would be coming out as gay. There has been soem debate if it is a character currently present in the recently relaunched DC universe (also known as “52”), or if it is someone that has not yet appeared, but ABC News seems to have clarified that a bit. The news source followed up on this with Courtney Simmons, DC Entertainment’s senior vice president of publicity, and learned “One of the major iconic DC characters will reveal that he is gay in a storyline in June.” So, there you have it, it is someone iconic, and all of the big ones are currently in titles.
So, who could it be? What DC character we previously thought was heterosexual will come out as gay? I’ve run down all of the male iconic characters with my thoughts on each as to why or why not.
Superman – No way, no how. With the Man of Steel movie on the way, and his status as being for “truth, justice and the American way,” Superman is about as American as apple pie (in spite of renouncing his citizenship). There is no way DC is going to touch this flagship character.
Batman – As with Superman, he has a major movie about to hit theaters with The Dark Knight Rises. There is also the issue that DC has had to fight off speculation of Batman being gay ever since the 1954 publication of the reprehensible Seduction of the Innocent. Anytime it has been mentioned in the past, people immediately leap to pointing out he lives with Robin and Alfred. There is just no way they will open this can of worms.
Robin – The current Robin is actually Bruce Wayne’s son with Talia al Ghul, Damian Wayne. He has a troubled past and is currently around 10-years-old. They could, in theory go with him coming out as gay as it would not cause any “Batman and Robin are lovers” questions, and also his dating would not have to be dealt with due to his age. This is a definite possibility.
Aquaman – DC is currently trying to make him edgier and more likable. That almost entirely eliminates him from the running along with the fact he is married to Mera.
Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) – Hal has always had a reputation as a ladies man, especially in his relationship with Carol Ferris. Seems unlikely.
Green Lantern (Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner or John Stewart) – Would be viewed as a cop out. “You made Green Lantern gay!” “Well, not really …”
Martian Manhunter – While a founding member of the Justice League of America, he is a Martian and it is doubtful anyone would care.
Green Arrow – With his TV show Arrow about to start up, he seems unlikely. Additionally, a lot of his history is built around his romance with Black Canary.
Hawkman – It totally depends on if DC is running with the Carter Hall or Katar Hol version of the story which they have yet to make clear. If it’s Carter Hall, then absolutely no way as he is a cursed Egyptian who keeps getting reincarnated with his female love. If it’s Katar Hol, he is from Thangar and is an alien. Any way you slice it, I just don’t see it being Hawkman.
Flash – In the current 52 continuity, Barry Allen never married Iris, and is only in a dating relationship with another character. Of all the longtime characters, the Flash is my current pick for coming out as he is iconic, but not one of the frontline characters. He is also the most easily pushed aside should this backfire on DC. (I’ve lost count of the number of times Barry Allen has been killed, so don’t put it past DC to just change things.)
Alfred – Batman’s butler seems like a safe choice, and like Damian, due to his age dating wouldn’t be a huge issue.
Jimmy Olson – Superman’s pal, Jimmy Olson. He has had his own comic series back in the day, and he is a fairly well-known figure. This is a slight possibility.
Essentially I’m down to two choices due to I don’t think that DC will go the route of Alfred or Jimmy, Robin and Flash. Robin has a lot of pros to him due to his age, but at the same time they can act as cons, so, I’m going with … The Flash.
I honestly think he’s the only logical choice, but I guess we’ll find out for sure next month.
As for if I think this is a good idea … that too will depend on what we find out next month.
UPDATED: It’s Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern. That’s stretching the “iconic” term a bit.