DC Comics’s timeless superhero Superman will have a romantic affair with another young man in the new ‘Superman: The Son of Kal-El’ television series.
“The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity,” series creator Tom Taylor said according to The Hill. “[A] new Superman had to have new fights–real world problems–that he could stand up to as one of the most powerful people in the world.”
Taylor decided to change the character’s direction because he wanted to send the strongest possible message about gender diversity.
“Everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes,” he said according to the Daily Mail. “Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.”
The plot involves Superman falling in love with refugee Jay Nakamura, who is portrayed as a trendy-looking journalist with pink hair.
“Just like his father before him, Jon Kent has fallen for a reporter,” the company said in a statement obtained by the publication.
DC Studios’s new spin on Superman might surprise many fans of the original series.
Superman will no longer fight super villains intent on destroying the world and subjecting humanity to their tyranny. He will fight climate change, defend illegal immigrants seeking political asylum, and take on more topical issues like stopping school shootings.
“The question for Jon (and for our creative team) is, what should a new Superman fight for today?” Taylor said according to the publication. “Can a 17 year-old Superman battle giant robots while ignoring the climate crisis? Of course not. Can someone with super sight and super hearing ignore injustices beyond his borders? Can he ignore the plight of asylum seekers?”
Breitbart revealed the company was unhappy with the hero’s original motto of “standing up for truth, justice and the American way.” In 2011 it excluded references to the “American way,” and tried to portray the superhero as a “citizen of the world” who disagrees with the America’s foreign policies.
The same character previously made headlines in 2017, when he seemingly defended illegal immigrants at the border.
The 987th issue of Action Comics, entitled “The Oz Effect,” shows Superman standing between an armed white man wearing an American flag bandana and illegal aliens. The Kryptonian prevents the defenseless group from being shot for allegedly taking American jobs.
In August, DC Comics announced Batman’s sidekick Robin would start a relationship with another man.
In March, Marvel separately announced the new Captain America would be gay.
“He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten,” creator Aaron Trujillo said according to the publication. “I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.”