Former Superman Dean Cain has weighed in on DC’s decision to make the new Superman bisexual in the comics, saying it is “bandwagoning.”
Cain, 55, who played Clark Kent/Superman in ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman between 1993 and 1997, spoke out about the new comic’s revelation in an interview with Fox & Friends. Watch above.
“They said it’s a bold new direction, I say they’re bandwagoning,” Cain said.
“Robin just came out as bi — who’s really shocked about that one?” Cain continued.
“The new Captain America is gay. My daughter in [the TV series] Supergirl, where I played the father, was gay. So I don’t think it’s bold or brave or some crazy new direction. If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave.”
The Supergirl star clarified that fighting for the rights of the LGBTQI+ community in Iran, where same-sex relationships are punishable by fines, imprisonment, corporal punishment or death, would be “brave.”
“They’re talking about having [Superman] fight climate change and the deportation of refugees and he’s dating a hacktivist — whatever a hacktivist is,” Cain said.
A hacktivist is someone who accesses digital files or networks, unauthorised, for social or political reasons.
Cain then pivoted his rant claiming DC Comics are virtue-signalling to one about politics in general, specifically Afghanistan.
“Why don’t they have [Superman] fight the injustices that created the refugees whose deportation he’s protesting?” Cain asked.
“That would be brave, I’d read that. Or fighting for the rights of women to attend school and have the ability to work and live and boys not to be raped by men under the new warm and fuzzy Taliban — that would be brave.”
Cain’s opinions come after yesterday’s announcement that the new Superman, 17-year-old Jon Kent — son of Clark Kent — is bisexual.
Jon Kent will come out in the issue Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, which is due to be published on November 9.
In the comic, the younger Kent will start a romantic relationship with reporter Jay Nakamura.
Superman’s coming out is the most high-profile example thus far of comic book publishers expanding their scope of LGBTQI+ representation.
DC recently published an issue in which Tim Drake — also known Robin, Batman’s loyal sidekick — came out as bisexual in August.
Other major LGBTQI+ comic characters in the DC Comics universe includes Batwoman, Harley Quinn and Alan Scott (the first Green Lantern), and in Marvel‘s domain, Iceman, America Chavez (Miss America) and Northstar — one of the very first openly gay comic book characters when he came out in 1992.
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