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Superman he’s set to come out as bisexual in an upcoming comic, DC Comics has announced.
The new version of the superhero, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is taking a “bold new direction,” the writers said.
Jon Kent, like his father, will fall in love with a reporter. He becomes romantically involved with Jay Nakamura in Superman: Son Of Kal-El # 5.
DC Comics said that after a scene where Superman “burns himself mentally and physically for trying to save everyone he can,” Jay is “there to take care of the Man of Steel.”
Writer Tom Taylor said: “I have always said that everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I am very grateful that DC and Warner Bros share this idea.
“The Superman symbol has always symbolized hope, truth and justice. Today, that symbol represents something else.
“Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”
Artist John Timms said: “I am incredibly honored to be working alongside Tom on the Superman: Son Of Kal-El series which shows Jon Kent tackling his complex modern life, while saving the world from its greatest threats, villains and threats “.
The problems Jon Kent faces have proven to be different from those his father was tasked with saving humanity from.
Recent comics have seen him deal with forest fires caused by climate change, prevent a high school shooting, and fight for refugees.
Superman’s departure is the latest example of comics embracing LGBTQ inclusive backgrounds for their heroes.
Tim Drake, the latest incarnation of Batman’s sidekick Robin, he also came out as bisexual this year.
And Marvel announced the first gay Captain America, another classic superhero typically associated with traditional ideals of masculinity.
Superman: Son Of Kal-El # 5 will be available starting November 9.