Confirmed: Superman might be gay

posted at 8:37 pm on May 21, 2012 by Allahpundit

Makes sense. He’s got the build, the fashion sense, and just maybe the gaydar-pinging facial structure. And yet — no one’s sure yet that he’s the one who’s coming out. All we know is that it’s a male, that it’ll happen next month, and that he’s “one of the major iconic DC characters.”

Is there something you’d like to tell us, Batman?

Actually, no need: We already know.

So which one is it? The folks at DC Comics aren’t saying, but they do say it’s the latest effort to make sure their comics keep up with the times.

Last September, DC Comics relaunched its entire line of comic books to feature an updated look and a new lineup of LGBT superheroes: including Voodoo, an African American bisexual woman and Batwoman, an open lesbian…

“DC and (archrival) Marvel are recognizing that there is an LGBT audience that has been reading their comics for years,” said Matt Kane, associate director of entertainment and media for GLAAD. “When creating these fictional worlds it’s important to show the full diversity.”

Aside from making good business sense, Kane said younger readers are perfectly comfortable with gay characters and expect to see their peers represented.

As a wise man once said, “culture is upstream from politics.” Another clue from Bleeding Cool, which broke this story:

As Senior VP Sales Bob Wayne explained, just like the President of the United States, the co-publisher’s policy on this “has evolved.”

And despite his best efforts to stem Dan’s wandering mouth, we also got the very strong impression that the death of Superman of Earth Two many not have been as final as portrayed…

So Superman’s going to return from a near-death experience having suddenly turned gay? Wouldn’t be the first time, my friends. Exit question: Did Obama’s “evolution” give Supes the courage to finally admit the truth? It’s canny marketing by D.C. to try to capitalize on The One’s big announcement by plugging one of their major characters directly into the news cycle. And, assuming they’re Obama fans, it gives their guy a tiny bit of extra political cover. Wouldn’t be the first time that that’s happened with a constituency on this issue either.


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Why is no one worried about poor Lana Lang?

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Just another reason why manga is eating American comics lunch. If there’s a market for something you create something to fill that market, it’s called diversification. Reinventing your major characters as the polar opposite of what they have been means they have been reduced in value to the point it makes no difference if it fails. In other words, too little, too late.

I am sure they will keep the characters VERY conventional for the movies though which is the only place they are worth anything.

Rocks on May 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Exactly people get invested in characters. That is why they become iconic. Changing the narrative after decades is a horrible marketing strategy and is only done to be PC and political.

melle1228 on May 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

DC Comics?

Shouldn’t it be AC-DC Comics?

SparkPlug on May 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

a His and Hers fan no doubt…

libfreeordie on May 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Who’s ?

eva3071 on May 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Why is no one worried about poor Lana Lang?

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Cause homegirl was always pointless and then the way they wrote on the WB series made her pointless…and detestable. In fact, all of that damn Lana whinging is what drove Superman into the arms of the closest burly chested man available. Who can blame him.

libfreeordie on May 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Paul-Cincy on May 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM
Why am I not surprised libbyfree is homosexual.
njrob on May 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Or that he actually beloved there have been uncountable action movies with Muslim bad guys. Yeah he knows Superman’s not gay because he’s living on Krypton.

Dongemaharu on May 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Just another reason why manga is eating American comics lunch. If there’s a market for something you create something to fill that market, it’s called diversification.

Thanks to that, the manga has something that the American comics never had, a good story.

eva3071 on May 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

although if Black Canary admits her feelings to Wonder Woman, I might change my mind (not really, see my post).

Mike Rathbone on May 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Black Canary + Power Girl + video camera = DC Universe internet crashes.

malclave on May 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

IT could be Wonder Woman but not likely.

gerrym51 on May 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Wonder Woman comes from an island, where there are only women.

Just sayin’.

Rebar on May 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

… “believed” that is.

Dongemaharu on May 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Really sick of this stuff, gotta say. It’s just old and self-indulgent.

princetrumpet on May 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Oh, just in case there’s any misunderstanding about my last post, I didn’t mean what I said as a slur about any connection between homosexuality and AIDS (I’m not that crass), I meant in the way the topic’s been obsessed over, which was the point the of the song.

Bizarro No. 1 on May 21, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Wonder Woman is unlikely, although she did once state that the lack of men and the abundance of women was one reason why they called it Paradise Island. Going thought in comic readership is that it might be Green Arrow. And Allah, thanks for keeping on this subject matter–your posts (all of them, not just these) are the main draw for me.

kc-anathema on May 21, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Why is no one worried about poor Lana Lang?

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Or Lori Lemaris.

It’s been noted before how all of Superman’s girlfriends have the initials L.L. Does Lex Luthor dare hope?

malclave on May 21, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Dear D.C. comics, to quote Robert Downey, Jr’s character in Tropic Thunder, “You went full retard, man. Never go full retard.”

This is full on stupid, level 100 stupid. You want to have gay comic characters? Fine. I don’t care. However, don’t go changing established characters just to appease the god of Political Correctness.

PoliticalArmor on May 21, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I didn’t know ObamaMan the LightWorker was an iconic DC character? Will his sidekick/beard The Moochcome out as well???

HumpBot Salvation on May 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM

A man is defined by his actions I say.

jake49 on May 21, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Thanks to that, the manga has something that the American comics never had, a good story.

eva3071 on May 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Yeah, when my kids were in their teens, it was all mangas. Regular comics meant nothing to them. None of the super heroes are gay. Just the writers are.

JellyToast on May 21, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Soooo… Gary and Ace aren’t DC characters?

Fallon on May 21, 2012 at 9:35 PM

OhioCoastie on May 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Um, yeah, I know. Culture dug a trench to the drainage stream.

INC on May 21, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Yeah, when my kids were in their teens, it was all mangas. Regular comics meant nothing to them. None of the super heroes are gay. Just the writers are.

JellyToast on May 21, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Lol. I actually enjoy a couple of manga titles myself. I first discovered anime and manga watching the greatest anime of them all, Dragon Ball.

NotCoach on May 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Confirmed: Superman might be gay Our Culture is in the Toilet

Fixed.

KS Rex on May 21, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I always thought it was aquaman.

Nethicus on May 21, 2012 at 9:38 PM

How exactly does the word “confirmed” get used with the word “might” to formulate a headline?

I always thought confirmation was supposed to remove the uncertainty implied by the word “might.” Of course, all we see here is a confirmation of uncertainty. So it’s certainly uncertain… certainly.

This is Allahpundit, not exactly the brightest bulb.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 21, 2012 at 9:39 PM

“When creating these fictional worlds it’s important to show the full diversity.”

I’ve always said the most import thing about fictional worlds is diversity.

Go RBNY on May 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

omg there are actually people on this thread talking about how awesome manga is. on hotair. which never has anything about anime or manga…

i am happy.

signed

aspiring manga artist <3

Sachiko on May 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

It’s really very simple. What’s going to be revealed is that Obama isn’t from Kenya or Hawaii, rather he’s Jor-El’s other son, the one he had from the affair with the black Kryptonian maid. Just like the gay Liberals have been trying to tell you for years, Obama is a Superman. On Obama’s way to Earth, he encountered Pink Kryptonite- yes, Pink Kryptonite is an accepted part of the Superman universe- which makes him our first gay, black Cherokee-Kryptonian POTUS. This explains his fashion sense, politics, and love for the Dominatrix Michelle.

BTW, Pink Kryptonite is rumored to turn strongly conservative men into beta male bloggers. Beware! You could be next!

Gladtobehere on May 21, 2012 at 9:43 PM

What is the point of politicizing a comic book character. Oh… I know, PUBLICITY. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt to generate interest and hence, sales.

It’s just more Crass Commercialization. Isn’t the left against that type of thing?

Corporal Tunnel on May 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I first discovered anime and manga watching the greatest anime of them all, Dragon Ball.

NotCoach on May 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

It concerns me that we may have something in common…

libfreeordie on May 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I would be aghast if they made Superman gay. More likely, it’ll be a second tier character like the Green Arrow.

adamsweb on May 21, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Next it’s Archie and Jughead in the backseat steaming up the windows at the drive-in. Betty takes Veronica to the prom.
I’m glad I’m not a kid and have to try to figure this stuff out.

vityas on May 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I though it was Clark Kent that was the gay one./

Bmore on May 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM

If it is the Flash, then which Flash? Last I could keep track of, Barry Allen suddenly showed up having really been living in the future, or something. Is it him, or Wally West, or Bart Allen?

Maybe Hal Jordan finally snapped for good. After trying to destroy the universe so he could remake Central City, maybe he’s just had enough of living the lie of being a macho test pilot.

Or maybe Kyle Rayner, being an artist and all, is going to get in touch with his gay green lantern.

All in all, who cares. More of Libtard nation.

Mallard T. Drake on May 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Hot Gas is not the same since MM left. Now that I think about it, Captain’s Quarters wasn’t like this.

Good times, good times. Gone.

platypus on May 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM

“When creating these fictional worlds it’s important to show the full diversity.”

I’ve always said the most import thing about fictional worlds is diversity.

Go RBNY on May 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I seem to remember DC having some fairly diverse relationships way back when I read comics.

LSH comes to mind… especially Blok + White Witch and Wildfire + Dawnstar.

malclave on May 21, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I’m glad I’m not a kid and have to try to figure this stuff out.

vityas on May 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Heck, I wish I wasn’t an adult who has to figure this stuff out.

platypus on May 21, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Hot Gas is not the same since MM left. Now that I think about it, Captain’s Quarters wasn’t like this.

Yeah, i’m beyond tired of the constant pimping for gay marriage, tedious beyond belief.

clearbluesky on May 21, 2012 at 9:54 PM

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Cleombrotus on May 21, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I’m glad I’m not a kid and have to try to figure this stuff out.

vityas on May 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Heck, I wish I wasn’t an adult who has to figure this stuff out.

platypus on May 21, 2012 at 9:52 PM

A tip. Accept it, move on. See how easy?

libfreeordie on May 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Meh. Jimmy Olson. Then it would be breaking news from 1951.

jon1979 on May 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

It concerns me that we may have something in common…

libfreeordie on May 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

You’ll live.

NotCoach on May 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I was amused to see an advertisement for Romney set directly below this article’s intro about superheroes having “build and fashion sense.”

Romney’s handsome, chiseled face was right below the tags, “d.c. comics,” “gay” and “Superman”.

The Enforcer on May 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM

libfreeordie on May 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

How about you accepting that iconic, traditional characters actually exist to strengthen American ideals and not for pimping your preferred lifestyle. That work for you?

njrob on May 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM

So Lois Lane is just a beard?

Surely to goodness it’s Batman. Or is that just too obvious?

NoLeftTurn on May 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM

…and the economy?

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

The world doesn’t need another homosexual fictional character anymore than it needs a sequel to Anchorman.

The push to include token homosexuals on every other show, in every other film, or in every other book or comic is tiresome.

TigerPaw on May 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM

How about you accepting that iconic, traditional characters actually exist to strengthen American ideals

njrob on May 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Maybe now we know what Perry White meant when he asked of Superman still stood for “Truth, Justice, and all that stuff.”

malclave on May 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM

…and the economy?

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Obama turned the economy gay, which is why it’s so limp.

Gladtobehere on May 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

More selfish, self-important, self-indulgent garbage. A kid wants to read a friggin comic. I want to know who is going to win the fight between good and evil, superhero and villain. Not who is gayer? What the piss man.

tomas on May 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM

With all of this “gay” talk going on, how come some enterprising and intrepid reporter or citizen hasn’t asked O in public if he has ever engaged in homosexual or bisexual activity on his part?

Certainly, there would be nothing wrong if he did;right? After all, didn’t “teabagging” emanate from the homosexual community?

Maybe he could cite this activity as the reason for his recent change of heart. Well, I guess he would have to ‘splain why he kept it in the closet. Maybe he still engages in bisexuality. We just don’t know. He could be more transparent, don’t you think?

Maybe in one of his alcohol or drug-induced episodes when he was just a person of tender years something like this happened. I wonder when he last smoked a bone or did some blow. I know he is very transparent. He will most likely tell us sometime soon. I think he will propose that he be subjected to random urinalysis with the results made public. The Secret Service could do the testing. Just thinking out loud here.

Pat Fenis on May 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Lois Lane hardest hit

tom on May 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Duuhhh now that Superman is gay… i finally feel like part of America. Why can’t people just quit. I feel bad for gay people who have to deal with this everyday. It has to be frustrating.

tomas on May 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

“one of the major iconic DC characters.”

Aquaman!!!!

No?

tom on May 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Lois Lane hardest hit

tom on May 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Well, no… apparently Supes ain’t been hitting that at all…

malclave on May 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM

A tip. Accept it, move on. See how easy?

libfreeordie on May 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

What’s the matter – your favorite bathhouse close early?

platypus on May 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Superman…he’s so hot right now…Superman.

tomas on May 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Superman Gay? That would be a real pain in the A–, not I better not say that.

Bulletchaser on May 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

libfreeordie on every damn post, ever.

You are the most annoying idiot this site has seen in some time.

Save your alternative hero comics tripe. I’ve read more of them than you even know exists.

DC owns Wildstorm. which published The Authority.

Alan Moore’s been using gay characters for decades, and DC has owned them.

This is a ploy because the industry has been in a death spiral for the past several years, and now they want ghey dollars like your savior does.

Just like straight celebs who allow PR agents to market them as possibly bi, the ghey community is exploited at every turn because they have more disposable income than any other group per capita.

Not hard to figure out why that is, either.

So go ahead, champion this nonsense as some kind of “progress”, but once its shows no bounce, it’s ovah.

budfox on May 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

If Romney wins can Superman wake up as a heterosexual mormon who marvels at the dream he just had. I mean if DC is that desparate to keep up with the times, why not?

KW64 on May 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM

A tip. Accept it, move on. See how easy?

libfreeordie on May 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

NO.

See how easy that was?

kingsjester on May 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Hot Gas is not the same since MM left. Now that I think about it, Captain’s Quarters wasn’t like this.

platypus on May 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Well, the gay content is about 1000% more prevalent.

Wait for the rainbow flag.

AP:
Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL GAY battle station!

CorporatePiggy on May 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

We will see how fast the parent company of DC Comics as well as the DC editors would react when their readership sink faster than the Titanic. Remember, a lot of comic book readers want Bruce and Selena Kyle together, Clark and Diana together and Hal and Carol together not Bruce and Clark, Clark and Hal ,Diana and Kendra or Kara and Helena. Comic fans of these iconic characters will stop buying comics and they will spend their money elsewhere and if the DC management are foolish enough to say bleep you to their customers. They will soon find out how little support they will have from the diversity crowd when selling their comic books.

DinobotPrime on May 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM

This is a ploy because the industry has been in a death spiral for the past several years, and now they want ghey dollars like your savior does.

To be most precise, the reason why the industry is in a death spiral is because…

1) The manga industry practically destroyed them.

2) The American Comic industry has become overtly political.

3) They don’t bother with stuff like a good story, character development, etc. like manga has, they rely mostly on gimmicks to sell their crap.

eva3071 on May 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Lois Lane hardest hit

tom on May 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

What’d she do, hook up with Lorien?

Oldnuke on May 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

So, The Sugarhill Gang was right about Superman all along:

He’s a fairy, I do suppose/
Flying through the air in pantyhose

Jingo95 on May 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM

libfreeordie on every damn post, ever.

You are the most annoying idiot this site has seen in some time.

Save your alternative hero comics tripe. I’ve read more of them than you even know exists.

DC owns Wildstorm. which published The Authority.

Alan Moore’s been using gay characters for decades, and DC has owned them.

This is a ploy because the industry has been in a death spiral for the past several years, and now they want ghey dollars like your savior does.

Just like straight celebs who allow PR agents to market them as possibly bi, the ghey community is exploited at every turn because they have more disposable income than any other group per capita.

Not hard to figure out why that is, either.

So go ahead, champion this nonsense as some kind of “progress”, but once its shows no bounce, it’s ovah.

budfox on May 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

This is at least the 3rd reboot in 8 years for DC, they are starting to swirl around the bowl for the final plunge simply because the leftie fanboy inmates running the asylum are jackasses who have no grouding in higher culture or emotional maturity (they killed off or otherwise eradicated the more humorous characters, like Elongated Man).

As for slavechainsordie:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/the_vanishing_feeling_of_freedom.html

ebrown2 on May 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

To be most precise, the reason why the industry is in a death spiral is because…

1) The manga industry practically destroyed them.

2) The American Comic industry has become overtly political.

3) They don’t bother with stuff like a good story, character development, etc. like manga has, they rely mostly on gimmicks to sell their crap.

eva3071 on May 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

4) The companies that own them (Disney/Marvel, Warners/DC) only care about the IP for movie and licensing purposes, not comic sales, which have been in the dumpster ever since the implosion of the 90′s.

ebrown2 on May 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Newest Gay Bar…The Bat Cave. Its dark and wet and…no I better not say that either.

The Boy Wonder?, in those cute little tights….?

Nevermind, there goes my childhood.

Next to come out of the closet…

Tom Swift and his Vibro-Orgasmafyer

Quotes: “Gee Tom,” said Bud, “What will I tell your Sister?”

Doc Savage and The Oiled Twins

Quote: “Doc’s face twisted, feeling his mind begin to go as the twins worked on him with the Probe.”

Speed Racer and his Special Relationship with Racer X

Quote: “To Hell with Trixey, I love you Racer X, even more than a brother!”

“Jonny Quest and Race Bannon in Camping on Terror Mountain.

Quote: “Jonny, It’s OK if we don’t tell your father.”

What is next, a remake of Star Trek, with Kirk calling Scotty into his cabin to work on his “Engines

No, that is going too far. Not Kirk.

Bulletchaser on May 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

vityas on May 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM

.
Heck, I wish I wasn’t an adult who has to figure this stuff out.

platypus on May 21, 2012 at 9:52 PM
.

A tip. Accept it, move on. See how easy?

libfreeordie on May 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM

.
NO.

See how easy that was?

kingsjester on May 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

.
Death before “acceptance”, libfreeordie.

listens2glenn on May 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Personally, I’m just glad I got into the National Geographic in my early years.

OldEnglish on May 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Aside from making good business sense, Kane said younger readers are perfectly comfortable with gay characters and expect to see their peers represented.

What crap. A lot of fanboys/girls are progressive and claim to have an open mind, but there’s no way that they’d accept a major character as gay. There’s no way that these progressives want a gay Wolverine, Batman, or Superman.

Matt Kane is a typical gay militant. He sees gay people everywhere.

Kyle_Reese on May 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM

4) The companies that own them (Disney/Marvel, Warners/DC) only care about the IP for movie and licensing purposes, not comic sales, which have been in the dumpster ever since the implosion of the 90′s.

ebrown2 on May 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Definitely true. Comic sales have been plunging for years, while superhero movies (when done right) are instant cash cows.

The companies don’t care about the hardcore fans because they know they have them hooked for life, and they have no clue about how to attract new fans to a dying industry, so they focus on movies.

I’d be apoplectic about it had I not largely moved on to manga since the early 00s.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Far more credit to Marvel. They didn’t need cover to come out (pun intended) with the first gay superhero.

Zaggs on May 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Actually, Marvel had their mutant character Northstar come out of the closet a few years ago and he is getting married in an X-Men comic coming out this week. Archie comics had a gay wedding issue last year so other companies want to copy as well.

DC comics already has gay characters like Kate Kane aka Batwoman and Gotham City detective Renee Montoya to name a few.

Controversy sells so they would rather ruin a prominent character than create a new one. DC Comics lost me as a reader with last year’s pointless relauch.

RedRobin145 on May 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM

1) The manga industry practically destroyed them.

eva3071 on May 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Actually, it was far more the late 80′s early 90′s speculator rush- and all the cheap gimmicks the industry flailed about to try to soak those people was the final act in a long road that comics had been on for a large number of years. That helped grow comic companies beyond reasonable expectations with money from people who weren’t buying titles and when those people realized they had fallen for a fad (see also- Facebook IPOs) they abandoned ship and the companies suddenly discovered they were seriously overextended when the crunch came.

Manga merely gave young kids (as well as older of course) in the early 00 -yes I know manga was published before then, but it was ( bastard) Stu Levy (may he forever dwindle in stature from this day forward until he can’t even be seen by Antman) and his Tokyo Pop push that crashed in at just the right time. Problem is that manga ran into the same reef that traditional US comics did in that it didn’t hook enough younger fans to replace those who grew out/burnt out/ moved on and the glut of titles strangled the market which is now also having trouble hanging on in the wake of lower sales and fewer venues to sell through.

Betenoire on May 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM

the ghey community is exploited at every turn because they have more disposable income than any other group per capita.

budfox on May 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

The wealthy homosexual is a myth – they’re no more or less successful than any other group in western communities and not poorer than heterosexuals, which is a counter-myth invented to maintain victimhood status (usually presented as ‘homosexuals are paid less than heterosexuals because of discrimination’)

The Thin Man Returns on May 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM

“Speed Racer and his Special Relationship with Racer X”

Quote: “To Hell with Trixey, I love you Racer X, even more than a brother!”

Ewwwwwww

Could be worse, though. You could’ve gone with Spritle and Chim-Chim. Those two already share their clothes.

malclave on May 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Confirmed: Superman might be gay

…and this may cause JugEars… a woody?

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Betenoire on May 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM

All true… but there’s one other factor.

Fans have been translating, and scanning various mangas, and posting them on-line for a while now. There are numerous titles that American fans have following that have never brought to America, as well as current commercial titles.

There’s plenty of manga to read if you know where to look for it…

CPT. Charles on May 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Dang it DC, you sucked me back in (no pun intended) with Blackest Night and the awesome Green Lantern storyline, and then you had Superman renounce his citizenship and I quit you for about a year. I was again sucked back in with your Red Lantern series, and now this? I don’t care who it is as long as itvisn’t anyone in the GL universe.

Besides, if they really wanted to be controversial, they would have one of their characters “come out” as a Baptist that attends church every Sunday. THAT would be shocking.

iwasbornwithit on May 21, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Sachiko on May 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Don’t give up your dream.

Fred didn’t (and his art looked terrible at the beginning), and now he’s published in Japan, has a following, and may even get an anime out of it.

Anything is possible if you’re willing to try.

CPT. Charles on May 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM

I grew up on horror comics, and those don’t have too many icons to ruin (although the Crypt Keeper always struck me as rather androgynous).

squint on May 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Anything the GLAAD goons support is a bunch of nonsense.

Just another day of shoving The Gay in everyone’s face and demanding applause.

Moesart on May 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Sigh. Superman gay? Is there anything sacred left? I believe this gay this and lesbian that is being overplayed much like the 3D gimmick. Eventually it will recede to background noise. You may actually see a nostalgic fever for heterosexuality as a reaction. Gay is so plaaaaaayed! Boring!

islandman78 on May 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

I will not be satisfied until there is a transgendered single mother character who has to fight crime in order to satiate his heroine addiction and past troubles with evil men who wouldn’t pay for dinner or return phone calls. I also want an angle where his mother would make him wear the most awful polyester blend dresses to church and how his therapist will not reduce his weekly session fees.

The bad guys will always be male characters who are white and card-carrying members of corporate America. Oh, and the super villain will be the Social Services man who denies our hero access to public housing and other entitlements because of a disability that Dr. Hartman, his shrink, made clear to Social Services existed. He even has the paperwork to PROVE that polyester-induced social dysfunction, level V, clearly exists and will incapacitate our hero from getting a full-time job or waking up before one o’clock in the afternoon.

This is what I want in a politically correct superhero, comic book racists!

Punchenko on May 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

With all of this “gay” talk going on, how come some enterprising and intrepid reporter or citizen hasn’t asked O in public if he has ever engaged in homosexual or bisexual activity on his part?

Pat Fenis on May 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM

That’s a good question. My guess is fear: fear of being called a racist, fear of Obama giving an obvious lie, fear of Obama telling the truth, and fear that our entire political process will become one big sexual slur. We’ll see what happens. We might end up going there by accident. Still, it’s a very good question.

Gladtobehere on May 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Why not have just have Krypto do Lana Lang and we can skip directly to the Apocalypse.

trigon on May 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

DC put out a piece of garbage about 40 years ago called Prez, which lasted about 4 issues. What a coincidence that would be if Prez were The Won exiting the DC closet.

At the comic shop I used to buy from, Prez was a huge joke. The shop used to buy dozens of first issues, knowing that collectors would scoop them up. Didn’t work with Prez. It was awful, like the current prez, so they had plenty of issues left over, since they wouldn’t sell. As a gag, one of the owners took the covers off of 50 copies and made one book with 50 covers, and tried to sell it as a collector’s item factory misprint. Everybody got a big laugh out of that.

MrKleenexMuscles on May 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Aquaman.

He was always suspect.

McNinja on May 22, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Wasn’t it Annalpundti himself who linked that study finding that men vocally opposed to homosexuality were themselves gay?

What does that say about al-Pundti that he’s constantly featuring gay-related non-stories? Out with yourself now, Allan.

sartana on May 22, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Ith’s a bird, Ith’s plane, oh yikes … ith’s a metro-sexual wearing polyester tights … fly me courageous!

The Superman creators must be rolling in their graves.

kregg on May 22, 2012 at 4:03 AM

I wonder if this is some sort of DC revenge on the family of the creators. Last I heard the rights to the character are due to revert to them in short order- probably would be one giant telling off to them for DC to try to do as much damage to the character as they can before they lose control over it so that if it goes to Marvel (or elsewhere) he is damaged goods from a marketing perspective.

Betenoire on May 22, 2012 at 4:35 AM

The only way you can depict any character as gay in a comic book so that the readers have actual proof rather than “Word of God” or subtext is to have them “do the deed” in a comic, an action likely to break the base of a franchise. “Experimentation” doesn’t really count, there’s enough alternate timelines in most comics to say “no, alternate earth 765976′s Superman is gay.”

It is rather stupid and shallow though that they have to take an iconic character and shoehorn it into some diversity statement. Newsflash: Superheroes are already minorities and therefore inherently diverse.

There’s already a market for characters whose sexual orientation is not in dispute and who prove it on a routine basis as a major point of the plot. American Superhero Comics need not break into that market, or alter characters that have had normal and natural human relationships (insasmuch as a superpowered person in a cape can be normal to begin with) just to “keep up with the times.”

Hera knows, even Wonder Woman has the hots for Batman.

BKennedy on May 22, 2012 at 5:41 AM

Also I was just watching a Justice League episode “For the Man Who Has Everything” and Superman’s dream world is to be a normal with a wife (Lana Lang) and a kid (Van-el) and Jor-el still alive, and they all live on Crypton.

Sorry libby, it ain’t supes, no matter how fabulous the cape is.

Call me when DC has the guts to create a new openly gay supervillian (or declare an existing one gay) in this environment. They won’t – because then the homosexual lobby will writhe that not only don’t evil people who are homosexual don’t exist (despite their most hateful and ardent activists proving that point every single day), they’ll try and tear down your company.

They should make a new villain called “Savage” and base his behavior and traits on our good friend Dan Savage. His backstory could be he’s a publicist with ties to the school speaking circuit interested in mind controlling the next generation of students to do his bidding (after all, a comic telling kids they are the future is bound to be popular). [No libby, he doesn't want to make all the kids gay, he just happens to be unsubtly gay in his interactions with other adults. It's still a comic book ffs.]

His powers include subtle shape-shifting and mind-controlling powers (he can change his human appearance at will, otherwise it’d be kind of difficult for him to keep moving around doing different mind control plots) as well as high or super-intelligence.

Of course to make him realistic, he dresses like a real person and not in some gaudy costume. His fashion sense is tingling, after all. I’ll believe DC has a modicum of bravery once they do something relevant that hits close to home like this does.

BKennedy on May 22, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Saving the planet and looking FABULOUS while doing it!

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2012 at 7:15 AM

No surprise if they turn him homosexual. Liberals have a history of not respecting source material (see: U.S. Constitution).

Mitoch55 on May 22, 2012 at 7:27 AM

If you wear a cape and are from a period after the 18th century, you might be gay.

If you spend all your time near the ocean, are uber lean, have no body hair and focus your time saving seamen, you might be gay.

If you wear cute little hats with wing like extensions off them and a mask, you might be gay.

Hell, the entire DC universe is nothing but gay central. Headquarters will now be in San Fran and called the Hall of Homosexual Justice and Equal Rights for Everyone. They will have a new show, Superhero Queer Eye for the Straight Civilian Guy.

ray on May 22, 2012 at 7:31 AM

So DC comics is now ACDC Comics?

Actually, I understand that Bat Woman and Robin having been having a “thing” for quite some time now.
Notice how she is always purring around him.
Who do think gave him the “Boy Wonder” nickname!

As for Superman I understand he has a redheaded bar maid he keeps tucked away in Ireland. She irons his cape just so . . .

Bubba Redneck on May 22, 2012 at 7:32 AM

I was going to lament how we can no longer even buy our kids comic books without explaining sex and homosexuality, but then it occurred to me – the only people buying comic books these days are fat 20-something nerdy losers living in their mommy’s basements & playing video games, anyway – so nevermind.

DRayRaven on May 22, 2012 at 7:37 AM

sad.

its in your face all the time. I’ve had enough of this ghey.

Before you know it, someone is going to need the courage to come out of the straight closet.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 7:38 AM

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