The new iteration of the character of Superman within the DC comics recently did coming out, playing the role is Clark Kent / Kal-El and Lois Lane’s son, Jonathan Kent, presenting the character as bisexual through starting a relationship with his friend Jay Nakamura.
As new as it may seem, bring the character closer to the readers to represent the world it is far from a recent idea. It is not even the first time that we see a new interpretation of a historical comic book character, just think of Thor who for a period was female with Jane Foster to cover the role (the same we will see in the fourth film, Thor: Love and Thunder).
Returning to the DC hero, Kal-El’s son was introduced in the cartoons of the American market during the summer, in July, with his series entitled Superman: Son of Kal-El. The character immediately showed his affinity to today’s sensitive issues how to fight the environmental upheavals due to climate change, fight a school shooting and protests against the deportation of refugees to the city of Metropolis.
Approaching and including the world of diversity was a rather natural choice both to get closer to the readers, as mentioned above, and to distance oneself from the paternal version of Superman. This is something that has already happened in the new generations of DC heroes, just think of Tim Drake who has expressed romantic feelings towards a friend of his or the new iteration of Aquaman, represented as black and homosexual.
In an interview with the New York Times, Tom Taylor, screenwriter of the newspaper Superman: Son of Kal-El, had the opportunity to talk about the choice to make the character bisexual, about this differentiation and what it would have been like rather mundane replace Clark Kent with another heterosexual white savior.
A new Superman should take on new struggles, real-world problems at the height of one of the most powerful beings on the planet.
I wanted him to have an au pair relationship. I have always said that everyone needs heroes and that they deserve to be able to reflect themselves. For so many people, the coming out of the strongest superhero in comics is an incredibly powerful event.
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