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Not to be outdone by Marvel’s announcement of a same-sex marriage from last week, DC Comics has now announced that one of their famous superheroes will be reintroduced to the comic book world as a gay man. Alan Scott, aka the original Green Lantern, will now be the main superhero for the “Earth 2” series which will be released online and in comic book stores on Wednesday—and he will be out of the closet.
According to USA Today, “Series 2” writer James Robinson said the thought to make the Green Lantern a homosexual character came after DC relaunched their superhero line-up and took out their already gay character, Obsidian, who also happened to be the Green Lantern’s son. When Robinson suggested the idea to his co-publisher Dan DiDio, there was no hesitation.
This is what else Robinson had to say about his newly imagined old character. “What I really want to do with this character is make the fact that he’s gay to be a part of who he is and not to be the one identifying aspect of him. And have his humour and his bravery be as much or more a part of him as his sexuality.”
But Alan Scott isn’t the first DC superhero to come out of the closet. Batwoman has been openly gay for several years and GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has rewarded the company for it.
And in case you’re wondering, no. This is not the same Green Lantern from the 2011 movie starring Ryan Reynolds. That Green Lantern’s name is Hal Jordan. So if there is a sequel, it’s going to be a lot less interesting to watch.
Considering how the organisation One Million mums protested Marvel’s same-sex marriage, it’s only a matter of time before they take on DC.
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