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Subj: Re: Superman/gay
Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 at 07:07:06 pm EDT (Viewed 131 times)
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Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 at 10:41:17 am EDT (Viewed 159 times)

    They will get some publicity and sell a few more comic books for a few months, but this just seems to be in poor taste.

I don't know about poor taste, to me it comes over as tokenism if anything, and not well thought through as it takes existing b&C-list characters who are established and known to the readership, but also effectively disposable in commercial terms - DC Comics loses nothing whatsoever in taking a risk with these particular characters.

Tim Drake is a character who slipped out of reader conciousness decades ago, and he became as redundant when Damien Wayne arrived as Terry Sloan did when Michael Holt arrived as the modern Mister Terrific. Jon Kent on the other hand is a hodge-podge of a character who successive writers treat as putty - making him Bi all of a sudden is really no different that Brian Bendis' bizarre decision to age him up overnight, then pack him off the next night to live in the 31st century. The next writer coming onto the Superman books could have him convert to Hinduism and no reader would object at this point, because that is how strained this character has become...

I will add Alan Scott to this as this is the one I do actually have a problem with. The Alan Scott of 2011's Earth-2 was a new character, seperate to the classic Alan, the Alan Scott that DC have recently decided to convert had absolutely no hints of being homo-sexual. He married Molly Mayne! What would have made some sense, if they had to have someone from the Justice Society, is Doctor Mid-Nite. Charles McNider and his successor were both bachelor's and had never married. But it is clear that someone at DC decided the company needed representation, and putting in some thought, and planning it correctly, were not on the agenda.

On balance I suspect the reality is that DC aren't confident enough to actually create a new and interesting gay/Bi male character. One of the last times a writer tried this was the one-dimensional 'Bunker' in the 2011 Teen Titans reboot, and that is possibly the example that has lingered in the editorial memory. When deciding it needed a better representation the publisher went for existing stock characters, and characters who were disposable. And I think the choices are a shame as there are better, and more logical candidates out there, than Tim Drake and Jon Kent. Having the more visible and prominent Damien Wayne come out as Bi or gay would have been better representation that Tim-third Robin on the right-Drake...

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