New Superman Comes Out As Bisexual

DC Comics announced today that Jon Kent — son of Clark Kent (aka the original Superman) — who recently took up the mantle of the Man of Steel, will come out as bisexual in Superman: Son Of Kal-El.

The new comic book series was launched in July with Jon officially inheriting Superman duties from his father when Clark Kent left Earth in order save an enslaved group of people on another world.

While Action Comics continues to follow Clark Kent’s journey off-world, Superman: Son of Kal-El chronicles the adventures of 17-year-old Jon as he comes to grips with becoming the new Superman.

“When I was asked if I wanted to write a new Superman with a new #1 for the DC Universe, I knew replacing Clark with another straight white savior could be a real opportunity missed,” writer Tom Taylor told IGN. “I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today, Superman, the strongest superhero on the planet, is coming out.”

In the issue, Jon is coping with the responsibility of becoming Superman while still in his teens. His friend, reporter Jay Nakamura, is there for support, but things move to the next level when the two share a kiss.

Jon Kent and Jay Nakamura in Superman: Son of Kal-el #5
(credit: DC Comics)

As I recently reported, DC Comics is making strides in presenting their world as diverse and inclusive and the real world. Tim Drake (a recent incarnation of Robin) recently came out as bisexual in a Batman: Urban Legends story, and now Jon Kent has done the same.

Superman: Son of Kal-el #5 is scheduled for release digitally and in print November 9.