DC, as part of its strategy to be a more inclusive company, has introduced Jonathan Kent, a new version of Superman that is bisexual. For many, many decades, the Man of Steel always portrayed himself as heterosexual, most of the time associating himself with Lois Lane. Now, however, Jonathan will have a relationship with a boy named Jay Nakamura. For now, yes, this story will remain in the comics.
Tom Taylor, responsible for Superman: Son of Kal-El “Featuring Jonathan Kent,” he told The New York Times that betting again on a straight, white Superman was missing an opportunity in modern times. The creative considered that this variant of the iconic superhero should have real world problems “whom he could face as one of the most powerful people in the world.”
Jonathan Kent, as you probably already guessed from his surname, is the son of Clark Kent, the first Superman. One of the most interesting points in this story is that Jay Nakamura, in addition to working as a reporter, also has powers. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how two figures with superhuman abilities coexist closely. By now we know that Jay cares for Jonathan after seeing him physically and mentally exhausted “after saving everyone he can.”
And be very careful with the phrase “save everyone”, because it not only involves people, but also places that are being affected by climate change. Yes, the new Superman is someone who equally cares about the future of Earth in environmental terms. In fact, in the next issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El you can see the superhero use his powers to, for example, put out forest fires.
As if the above were not enough, Superman will stop a shooting at a school and join the protests for the “deportation of refugees in Metropolis.” It is very clear that this character wants to face problems that, unfortunately, are arising in the real world. Will be until next time November 9 when DC will publish Superman: Son of Kal-El # 5, the comic where you can enjoy this story.
It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time that DC has committed to inclusion in its written and illustrated works. In the recent past, the Robin and Tim Drake He came out bisexual in Sum of our parts, written by Meghan Fitzmartin. On the other hand, the company prepares a comic with a gay black man playing Aquaman.