DC Comics Will Make Long-Time Character Gay, Which One?
By - Crossmap On May 24, 2012
DC Character To Become Gay
Ever since President Obama announced that his views on gay marriage have "evolved," the rest of the nation also seems to be on a path of evolution. Only two weeks following Obama's expression of support for same-sex marriage, the NAACP decided to openly endorse support as well. Change and re-thought is being interjected in every aspect of our nation, including popular culture.
Well-known comic book company--DC Comics has recently announced their evolution on the perspective of the gay community. Publisher Dan Didio disclosed, at the Kapow Comic Convention in London, that one DC Comic character would become gay.
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DC Comics is famous for characters including Superman, Batman and Robin, Aquaman, the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and many more. Such characters have transcended generations and have become deeply embedded in American culture. Didio, however, did not reveal who the "prominent gay character" will be.
This announcement comes slightly by surprise as the comic company stated last year that they would not take an existing straight character and make them gay.
"One of the things we're very focused on doing for these types of stories is rather than [change an existing] character, we want to make sure that this is the basis of who that character is right from the start," Didio said in an interview with The Advocate in 2011.
"So if we're going to introduce a gay character in Teen Titans, we want to make it a new character and make sure that is an iatrical part of who he is, or who she is, right from the start so we can really learn and grow with her or him," he continued.
DC Comics has been largely overshadowed by the success of Marvel Comics in the last few decades. Now, DC looks to break conventions and reach the homosexual audience as well.
"What we really wanted to do was show the diversity of our audience across the line of our books [...] Right now we have such a wide fan base and we wanted to create characters and stories that really reflected [that] fan base," Didio said of introducing an LGBT character.
DC's reach to the LGBT audience is coming quite late, considering how other comics have been developing gay characters for over a decade. In 1993, Lynn Johnson drew attention for revealing a long-time character as gay in her strip: "For Better or For Worse."
"It felt right for Lawrence to be gay," Johnston wrote at the time. "He was like so many people I know who have had to deal with this traumatic realization and who have done so with courage and honesty."
Archie Comics also developed a gay character earlier this year. Kevin Keller was the first openly gay character in the fictional town, while also a US military officer and married to his African-American boyfriend, Clay Walker.
DC Comic is still mum about who exactly will be the newly gay existing character. However, Courtney Simmons, DC Entertainment's senior vice president of publicity, told ABC News that the revelation should be disclosed in a storyline in June.
Meanwhile, fans have a heavy speculation that the character will be Batman.
"Very, very gay" Action Comics writer, Grant Morrision said about Batman, in an interview with Playboy Magazine.
@JenWhy12 Tweeted: 'One of the characters of DC comics will be gay, what one will it be? I hope it's Batman.'
@dnghia wrote: 'DC Comics is about to unveil that one of its supeheroes is gay. Who do you think it is? My money is on Aquaman.'
It is only a short time until the answer is revealed. How do you think long-time fans will take this?