“They said it’s a bold new direction. I say they’re on the bandwagon”
A former Superman actor has accused DC Comics of “bandwagoning” when he announced that Superman would come out as bisexual in the next issue.
Dean Cain, who played Superman in the 1990s TV series lois and clark, has raised its voice against the decision, which was released on Monday (October 11) on the occasion of National Coming Out Day.
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In the new issue, the new Superman, Jonathan Kent, will begin a relationship with his friend Jay Nakamura.
The news was announced by series writer Tom Taylor. the new York Times, who said: “The idea of replacing Clark Kent with a more straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity.”
However, Cain pointed out fox and friends: “They said this is a bold new direction. I say they are on the bandwagon.”
He added: “Batman and Robin’s Robin, recently came out as bi or gay, and honestly who’s really surprised about that? I had some thoughts about it a long time ago.”
Cain enlists other DC and Marvel superheroes who have come in the past, from the new Captain America to Supergirl, who leads a standalone series on The CW.
“If he had done this 20 years ago, maybe he would have been bold or brave,” he said.
Cain suggested that the new comic series instead saw Superman tackle political issues that have become unexplained in the superhero story.
“There is real evil in this world today, real corruption and access to government, there are so many things to fight,” he said.
“Human trafficking, there’s real real slavery going on… It would be brave to tackle those issues, shed light on those issues. I want to see that character do it. I’ll read that comic.”