DC Comics Hints a Major Character Is Now Gay
As the Gay Marriage debate continues to dominate a contentious presidential campaign, DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio hinted this past weekend that a prominent character in the DC Universe would be revealed as gay.
This would be a topical, and controversial, subject matter most days but this becomes even more noteworthy as this is supposedly not a new character. Recently, the DC Universe was rebooted and characters were altered from their past configurations. This would imply that a previously heterosexual character has a changed sexuality.
This character wouldn't be the first gay character in modern comic books and DC has been more open in including gay characters in their stories than other publishers. The most noteworthy, up until this point, was the recently created Batwoman who is a lesbian and her stories have a focus on her romantic relationships.
Another character was Renee Montoya who eventually assumed the mantle of The Question. The Montoya character actually got her start in the Batman Animated series and The Question was a character originally appearing in the now defunct Charlton Comics.
There are several less well known gay comic characters by publishers that garnered some publicity. Northstar, of the Canadian super-team known as Alpha Flight, published by Marvel Comics, was probably the first well know super-hero to come out of the closet.
In the Archie line of comics, the character Kevin Keller is, not only gay, but gets married within the comic. Lesser known where the duo of Midnighter and Apollo from the Wildstorm (now, part of DC Comics) series Stormwatch. Midnighter and Apollo are a popular gay couple that bare similar attributes to Batman and Superman.
Batman has been speculated to be gay, and has constant comments made about his sexuality. The most specific is crudely directed at a constant rotation of young, male sidekicks in the Robin identity. Even noted Batman author, Grant Morrison, has this to say about Batman: