Gay DC character: Who will it be? At this point in time, legendary comic book company DC — you know, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc. — isn’t revealing too many specific details surrounding the upcoming reinvention of a presently unnamed hero, though some believe the homosexual superhero will be an existing, established character.
This isn’t the first time that DC had dabbled with delivering gay comic book characters to the masses. After going back to the drawing board with the “New 52”, the company released books featuring Batwoman as a lesbian and Voodoo as a bisexual. Additionally, the Teen Titans franchise features an openly gay character named Bunker. However, despite previous claims that the gay superhero would be a new addition to the universe, DC has reversed its statement, proclaiming that one of its established characters is scheduled to come out of the closet.
This isn’t the first time that a major comic book publisher has tackled the subject of homosexuality. Rictor and Shatterstar of Marvel’s “X-Factor” series are a gay couple, though Shatterstar’s creator Rob Liefield was none too pleased about the revelation. Additionally, Marvel inserted two gay characters into its Young Avengers universe, namely Hulkling and Wiccan. However, DC’s suggestion that the character will be an established one is sure to draw some ire from old school fans and homophobes alike.
So who will it be? Superman? Batman? Robin? Twitter is an excellent source of unchecked speculation, and it would seem that the much-maligned Aquaman is a possibility, as is Amazonian butt-kicker Wonder Woman. A random sampling of the rumors currently swirling around the mico-blogging site have been collected and embedded below.
I wonder what ‘prominent character’ DC will ‘out’. Joker and Superman make sense. Truth, justice, and the American gay.