Is Batman Coming Out of the Closet?
Forget the phone booth — one iconic superhero will soon be dashing out of the closet. DC Comics announced recently that one of their most beloved comic book characters is getting a gay or lesbian makeover.
But who will it be? Batman? Wonder Woman? The Man of Steel himself?
DC representatives aren’t saying, but publishers told an audience at London’s Kapow Comic Convention that their approach to gay and lesbian characters “has evolved.” Co-publisher Dan DiDio had previously told The Advocate that DC would introduce a brand new LGBT hero rather than change the orientation of an existing lead character.
But, reports Bleeding Cool.com, DiDio said the soon-to-be out crusader will now be “one of [DC comics'] most prominent gay characters.”
LGBT visibility has been gradually increasing in mainstream comic books. Earlier this year, Archie comics featured a storyline where gay veteran Kevin wed boyfriend Clay. Meanwhile, Marvel Comics just announced that Northstar and his partner Kyle are engaged. Northstar previously made headlines in 1992 when he became the first openly gay mainstream superhero.
No word yet on the release date for this DC hero’s coming out party. For now, sexual orientation will just be another hidden side of this fabulous crusader’s secret identity.
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