DC Comics reveals its newly gay "established" superhero

DC has teased for a little while now that one of its "established" heroes — one which made it through the recent reboot of the company's major catalog — would come out as gay. (Most people assumed Aquaman. That sounds like a joke, but seriously, every discussion I heard/read about this leaned towards Aquaman.) And the lucky übermensch is... Green Lantern! Specifically, the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott; he used to dress like a Christmas magician and got his power not from the Green Lantern Corps (like the other Green Lanterns you know), but from a force called the Starheart. Kinda gay, dude.

I will not explain to you how he eventually gets connected to the better-known origin story of GLs, because is it insane. But suffice it to say that he does, and now he's been reinvented as a young hotshot destined to become the Green Lantern, and he's into other men:

The usual suspects, of course, are upset about this development. One Million Moms — the group that keeps getting trolled by JCPenny with gay couples in their ads — had this hilariously ignorant thing to say about the news, even before the character was identified:

Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, "I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?"

No, OMM, I can't. Because a little boy (or girl!) would know that A) The X-Men are not in the DC universe, and B) The X-Men are not one person. Hate all you want, since in the end you'll lose, but please, at least do a little research. Because that's just sad.

Commentarium (39 Comments)

Jun 01 12 - 12:48pm
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Jun 01 12 - 1:32pm
How sad.

I'm a genuine supporter of equal rights for everyone, but I wish DC would have invented a new hero to represent the gay community. The Green Lantern was my favorite comic book hero as a kid and I think that they just ruined it for me.

Okay trolls, go ahead and flame me now for my position on this. But just imagine how you might feel if the gay character from Archie suddenly got religion and renounced his sexuality. It's just sad.

Jun 01 12 - 1:40pm
I agree with you.

The GL has a fan base that goes back to something like the 1940's of 50's. To alter the character isn't fair to all of those fans. its oka to be gay, but they should have made up a new character.

Jun 01 12 - 1:54pm
Don't panic

Unless you are roughly 80 years old Alan Scott is not the Green Lantern you read about when you were a kid. Guy Gardner, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner are all still straight.

Jun 01 12 - 2:00pm
Wrong!

This is a total reboot of the character as gay. I have to agree with the guys above. It's not fair to mess with your favorite super hero.

Jun 01 12 - 2:23pm
balthazarrr

They already did make a new character. His name is Bunker and he is on the Teen Titans. While his announcement made a minor stir, it hardly compares to kerfuffle around revising an existing character. My issue is that for DC and their new build, the Alan Scott Green Lantern exists back on Earth 2 again, which isn't the "real" DC universe. Making this iteration of the character homosexual could be seen as less impactful and distinctly more safe than if they had done so ten years ago when he was a part of the proper DCU.

Jun 01 12 - 2:24pm
Craig

It is not a reboot of the hal jordan green lantern character. It is the reboot of the earth two green lantern Alan Scott. If your favorite character as a kid was Alan Scott you are either super old or the nerdiest child who ever lived.

Jun 01 12 - 3:01pm
Yeah right

Oh, and that's supposed to make it right! Being old or nerdy has nothing to do with the insult that DC has slung at the GL fans.

Jun 01 12 - 3:12pm
Craig

My point is this character has nothing to do with the Green Lantern Corps or any of the popular Green Lantern characters, he is not even from the same universe. I guarantee you are not a huge fan of Golden Age Alan Scott Green Lantern comics.

Jun 01 12 - 3:25pm
Craig

The only book this character is in is called "Earth 2" which is about a parallel earth to the one where the Green Lantern corps exists and Hal Jordan is sexin Carol Ferris. It's ridiculous you are upset about this because you clearly have no idea who the character is.

Jun 01 12 - 3:27pm
@Craig

We get it, Craig. There are different universes. But you don't seem to get that we live in this one. The one that only total nerds know that there are multiple GL and multiple Earths. Yeah I'm a nerd too. But I'm a nerd that recognizes when a publishing company doesn't care about their characters fans. All DC wants is to be "seen" as PC.

Jun 01 12 - 3:30pm
hey craig

i dare you to wear a green lantern shirt to a bar now. you'll see how many people know the difference between the different realities.

Jun 01 12 - 3:58pm
Craig

Well If I wore a Alan Scott shirt the symbol would be different so people wouldn't know what it was. And I guess if I wore a green lantern corps shirt and someone was confused and thought that was the gay green lantern that same person may I think I was also gay. ......that would be fine.

Jun 01 12 - 5:51pm
@how sad

sure, I could be the OP on this thread and say that finding out his favorite comic book character is gay ruined it for him. Kinda reminds me of the fuckwits who said Hunger Games was ruined because not all the characters were white.

Jun 01 12 - 6:53pm
nope

Craig is right. It is ridiculous to say that the "Green Lantern" is your favorite character and you're so offended that "he" is ruined. ANY fan, or hell, even me, and I'm not a fan at all, would know that the Green Lantern is more like one member of a giant police corps, and if you are a fan you refer to your favorite Green Lantern by his name.

Jun 01 12 - 2:11pm
bearman33

What about the Pink Lantern?

Jun 01 12 - 2:13pm
What a drag...

I can't wear my green lantern shirt now without everyone thinking I'm gay.

Jun 01 12 - 2:27pm
fishstix

They should have just revealed that he's a post-op transgendered!

Jun 01 12 - 3:05pm
Greg

Yawn! Desperate attempt to attract attention by a gimmick.
Sales will suck because only a tiny percent of the population is gay and most people don't want to see two dudes making out. For that matter comic book should leave the sex out and concentrate on the explosions and fighting.

Jun 01 12 - 4:17pm
Jess

I get it, I get it, the world revolves around what straight males like, but if you ever foray into the world of fandoms online, I think you'll be surprised by how many women--and men--out there are into the idea of two guys making out.

I think one gay character out of hundreds keeps your precious proportions fairly accurate, no need to get al afeared that they're creeping on you.

Jun 01 12 - 5:06pm
@greg

only a tiny percent of the population gives a shit about comic books. lots of them are gay (think about it--all the superheroes are hot men wearing spandex). and I'm laughing at your argument that "comic book [sic] should leave the sex out...." Have you ever even read a comic book?

Jun 01 12 - 10:50pm
Greg

No, I'm an adult, I don't read comics.

So how about a "kid toucher" Super Hero?

Jun 02 12 - 10:59am
Kristina

I'm an adult and I read comics :D

Jun 04 12 - 10:21pm
Z

Me too!

" When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."

Greg, you're no fun.

Jun 01 12 - 4:01pm
Mr. Obvious

gay.

Jun 01 12 - 9:00pm
Leather guy

Sad. I thought, here at least, there might be some open-minded and interesting dialog about this. I expected this on the comic-geek site I read this morning, and I wasn't let down. Here? I've been let down. Bravo for all the sexual outlaws here on Nerve; all the open-minded... Oh wait. Nevermind.

Jun 01 12 - 9:43pm
Elvina Tabb

I agree. I was just thinking the same thing!

Jun 02 12 - 12:13am
Thinkywritey

Welcome to Nerve.

Jun 02 12 - 11:09am
Craig

It is ridiculous for anyone who doesn't currently read dc comics to be upset about this. Really it's ridiculous for anyone to be upset about this specifically as they have changed everything about the character his age included and removed his son, who was gay, and daughter from continuity.

Jun 02 12 - 12:05pm
td

So let me first say, as a lifelong comic nerd and a bisexual, I love it whenever an lgbt character gets introduced to a comic. But I'm sort of baffled by the choice of Alan Scott because a) even if it is Earth-2 Scott, Earth-1's Alan Scott has a gay son, so there was already that queer connection. b) Alan Scott is only a "major" character to people old enough to remember when he was the only gl or people who follow gl. He's not exactly a heavily merchandised character, even if the green lantern name is. c) when i first saw green lantern comes out, i figured Terry Berg had taken up the mantle. Which begs the question, WHY HASN'T Terry taken up the green lantern identity?

Unrelated, but I've also always wondering why they haven't just added some kind of inherent bisexuality clause to Legion of Suoer-Heroes, since no one in that comic seems to have a consistent sexual orientation. haha.

Jun 02 12 - 2:38pm
Seems Reasonable

On Earth 2, things aren't quite right. Having GL be homosexual supports that plot line.

Jun 02 12 - 2:50pm
New Character

Seems like they should have added a new character. He could have worn an eye patch, skull cap and, maybe, had a peg leg. He could be a mild mannered office worker as a cover and he could transform into the superhero ButtPirate.

DC Comics blew - if you'll excuse the expression - a major opportunity.

Jun 02 12 - 4:10pm
Grave

The character is ruined. Gay superheroes don't work because they aren't manly. Straight boys don't want to see their favorite heroes end goal be a dude. That isn't enviable and quite frankly is disgusting.

Neither would they want to read a Sonic or Mario comic book with the love interest being a dude. Neither would dudes want to see James Bond remade into a homosexual. It doesn't work. But I'm sure in the "tolerant" minds of readers here little boys (and men) aren't naturally repulsed at seeing two dudes kiss. They should even go out of their way to embrace it, maybe even try it for themselves before knocking it!

Jun 03 12 - 8:53am
mp

Just because you are this closed minded and pathetic, does not mean everyone is.

Jun 03 12 - 6:05pm
Normal

But most people agree with Grave.

Jun 05 12 - 10:55am
mp

Since a majority of people believe gay marriage should be legal, and the vast majority of people under the age of 40, I don't think you are correct.

Jun 05 12 - 7:32pm
True Patriot

What Grave has failed to take into account is that not all comic book readers are boys, let alone straight boys, not to mention the fact that not all straight boys are homophobes. Anyone who doesn't want to read about a gay superhero probably won't. If anything, I always say to follow the money. DC Comics is a very successful business, and right now they clearly believe that they can sell more copies of Green Lantern if the character is gay than had been the case before.

Jun 03 12 - 11:04am
Turkish

I don't really read that much DC, but I have a passing familiarity with their characters and properties. I was vaguely aware of who Alan Scott was/is, and compared to the more prominent DC properties (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the rest of the Justice League, etc.) he's not exactly a mainstream hero. This does kind of feel like DC trying to play catch up to Marvel with Northstar's impending nuptials. If Wonder Woman or Martian Manhunter of even one of the Robins (despite the vast fuck-ton-age of memes THAT would have generated) had been re-introduced as gay, I think that might have carried more impact and made a bigger statement. This kind of feels like DC dipping a toe in the water with a character they don't stand to lose a lot on if it all goes south. That's kind of disappointing.

Jun 03 12 - 9:21pm
OK, this

Not Green Lantern but a new character. With the end of DADT, he could be an Army Special Forces guy - a Ranger - who had some strange accident with, I don't know, a laser. Realizing that he's been homosexual all along, he could morph into Rump Ranger!