On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed Superman coming out as bisexual. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!
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So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Nora Dominick about queer representation in comic books — including Superman coming out as bisexual. Here's some of what we learned:
BuzzFeed: IGN recently revealed that DC's current Superman will come out as bisexual in an upcoming issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El. For those who aren't up to date with this series, can you tell us about this version of Superman?
BuzzFeed Daily: This is obviously a big step for Superman, who, since first appearing over 80 years ago, has served as the sort of embodiment of stereotypical cis masculinity. And you know, Dean Cain, who played Superman in the show Lois & Clark, told Fox & Friends he thinks it would have been "bold or brave" 20 years ago, but feels like "bandwagoning" to do it now. Do you think this new direction makes sense for this particular iteration of Superman? Or does it seem like DC is sort of trying to just check off a box?
ND: I think it makes sense. I think when they read the headline "Superman is bi," a lot of people think that they've now gone back and made Clark Kent bisexual, which is not the case. It's a brand-new character that we only met in 2015, in comic book form. So I think it's more of just following this character's journey, and it came to a natural progression. And in this comic, he's had this kind of friendship grow with his now love interest. So it seems like it's more that the fans were seeing it, and it's great to know that what they were seeing wasn't just something they were reading into, which I feel like has been the case in TV and movies and comic books forever. So I think it's really nice that it's going to happen, and I wouldn't consider it bandwagoning as opposed to following this natural evolution of this new character.
BuzzFeed Daily: How much do you expect Jon Kent's sexuality to play into his arc going forward? Because sometimes what happens is these companies will say, "Yeah, that character is queer," but it kind of feels like they're just like throwing a bone. And then when you actually watch the show or the movie, it either manifests as one quick line somewhere or it's barely on the screen at all. I mean, you mentioned that they're giving him a romance. So do you think this will be something that's just casually part of his identity? Or do you think it's going to be at the forefront of his arc?
BuzzFeed Daily: Like we said before, this is a big moment in Superman canon. Where would you say it ranks in terms of queer representation in comic books?
ND: I think it's pretty huge because, like the writers said when they announced this, this is one of the first big times that it's a main comic book character that everybody knows. Whether you've read a comic recently or not, you know who Superman is, just like Batman and that kind of big character. So I think it's pretty huge. And DC's had queer characters in the past, but I think this is one of the first times that such a notable name is now being put into the LGBTQ community. So I would rank it pretty high currently.
BuzzFeed Daily: Are there any other ones that are ranked up there, that you could see being just as big or almost as big?
BuzzFeed Daily: My last question for you, as someone who is not a reader of the comic books but a frequent watcher of the movies, are we going to get to see bi Superman in a movie?
ND: God, I hope so. I really hope so, because like I said, speaking in terms of DC, they've done it for a while now with their TV shows. You've got like Alex Danvers and Sara Lance in the show, but it hasn't made the jump to the movies yet. It hasn't made that jump. Even with Marvel, it hasn't made that jump. So I'm really hoping we're going to get to that eventually.