Comments from British TV presenter echo comments made by ‘Lois & Clarke’ actor Dean Kane
British actor and TV presenter Christopher Biggins has spoken out against DC Comics’ new Superman being revealed as a bisexual man.
The comic book publisher announced Monday that Lois Lane and Clark Kent’s son, John, who recently joined his father as Superman, will begin a relationship with a male friend in an upcoming issue.
Speaking on “Good Morning Britain”, Begins, who is gay, said he was not in favor of turning Superman into a bisexual man. Instead, he argued that representation for the LGBTQ+ community should come in the form of a new, original character.
“If you want to do something like that, do something original, don’t take characters that already exist and make them something they’re not,” he explained.
The new Superman to be revealed as bisexual in an upcoming DC Comics issue
Begins said: “I think it’s important that we continue to do this and not pander to the wake system.”
However, one of the hosts noted that Biggins’ opinion on the matter stemmed from a misunderstanding of What? DC actually announced. Clark Kent, who was first introduced as Superman in 1938, is not a man to appear as bisexual. Instead, it is his son. The host noted that no one is changing their sexual identity or revealing that they have been hiding anything for years. John Kent is only 17 years old in the comic “Superman: Son of Kal-El”. After spending some time as Superboy, his father encouraged him to take the title of “Superman” with him.
In response, Begins reiterated his claim that DC should be creating new characters who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.
“I find it absolutely strange that this is what people want these days,” replied Biggins. “Why can’t we stick to what we’ve got and what we’ve been given? Why don’t they do some new characters, why don’t they create something new, something different, then move on to a character we all know, We all love and we all know this as?”
DC has a long roster of original characters who don’t identify as heterosexual. In recent years, notable characters such as Batwoman, John Constantine, Captain Cold, a new version of Robin and the new man in command of Aquaman have been confirmed as LGBTQ+ characters.
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Begins’ comments echo those made by actor Dean Cain on “Granthshala & Friends” Tuesday, where he also scoffed at the decision to make the new Superman bisexual “bandwagoning.”
“I don’t think it’s bold or brave or any new direction. If they had done it 20 years ago, maybe it would have been bold or brave,” he said. “But brave he has to fight for the rights of gay people in Iran where they will throw you off a building for the crime of being gay.”
In an upcoming issue, John will look after his father as he begins a relationship with a budding journalist named Jay Nakamura.
As announced by DC Comics, the two initially became friends when John was attempting to forge a secret identity as a high school student. However, in “Superman: Son of Kal-El” number five, the two will share a kiss after Superman is mentally and physically burned out from trying to save everyone else.
Writer Tom Taylor said, “I’ve always said that everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m so grateful to DC and Warner Bros. for sharing this idea.” “The symbol of Superman has always stood for hope, truth, and justice. Today, that symbol represents something else. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superheroes in comics.”
Artist John Timms said: “I am incredibly honored to be working with Tom on the series ‘Superman: Son of Kal-El’, which stars John Kent as he tackles his complex modern life as well as the world. He is shown defending himself from his greatest dangers, villains and dangers.”