A superhero who has been a mainstay of the DC Comics lineup for more than 70 years is being re-envisioned as part of a reboot — and the new version is gay, the New York Post reports.
The superhero is the Green Lantern, who will be revealed to be gay in the issue of “Earth 2” that’s coming out next week, the story reports.
“Alan Scott — formerly a married father of two who first appeared in 1940 — tips readers off to his sexuality early on in the comic when he gives his boyfriend a welcome home kiss,” the story reports.
Says James Robinson, the writer of “Earth 2”: "He’s very much the character he was. He’s still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He’s also gay.”
The report notes: “The Emerald Guardian’s sexuality was rebooted along with the rest of his fictional universe as part of DC’s ‘New 52’ initiative aimed at rejuvenating their characters.”
Part of the motivation for the move is that the character already had a gay superhero son, who was eliminated from the new version of the comic because the Green Lantern was reinvented as a much younger character.
Said Robinson: "The only downside of his being young was we lose his son, Obsidian, who’s gay. So I thought, ‘Why not make Alan Scott gay?’ That was the seed that started it."