Dean Cain, the actor who played Superman on “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” didn’t need his x-ray vision to see that DC Comics is “bandwagoning” in their planned storyline for the new superhero. Cain weighed in on the news that the new Superman, Jonathan Kent, is bisexual.
The much-beloved actor suggested that instead of “bandwagoning,” DC Comics could do more to shed a light on real evils in our day: child trafficking and women who are being oppressed and killed in Afghanistan.
According to a The Daily Wire report on Tuesday, the character of Jonathan Kent, who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is expected to come out as bisexual and will be seen kissing his boyfriend Jay Nakamura in “Superman: Son of Kal-El,” which will be found in issue #5.
Tom Taylor, a comics writer, indicated that the decision to make Jon Kent gay was a calculated response to other “queer characters” being marginalized. Taylor is quoted as saying that he would like to subvert the comic’s straight white savior storyline.
Taylor told a news outlet that, over the years he has spent in the industry, people were not surprised to hear that he has had queer characters and narratives turned down. He said that every time his ideas were rejected, he felt like he was letting down the people that he loved.
“But we are in a very different and much more welcome place today than we were ten, or even five years ago. When I was asked if I wanted to write a new Superman with a new #1 for the DC Universe, I knew replacing Clark with another straight white savior could be a real opportunity missed,” Taylor noted.
But Dean Cain has a very different viewpoint. He spent four seasons playing the iconic character on television. He said that Taylor’s decision is far from original, and he called the move “bandwagoning.” He referenced other DC heroes, like the most recent version of Batman’s sidekick, Robin, who recently came out as LGBT.
Cain said that it was hard for him to keep track of all the different Supermen and the worlds and adventures that he has in the comic strips. He said that “Son of Kal-El” is only one series of dozens that feature the “man of steel,” his offspring, and his partners. Cain said that this new storyline with a bisexual Superman is not a “bold new direction,” it is “bandwagoning.”
Cain actually said, “I don’t think it’s bold or brave or some crazy new direction. If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave. But brave would be having him fight for the rights of gay people in Iran where they’ll throw you off a building for the offense of being gay.”
Jon Kent, the new Superman character, has just had a short run so far, but his comics have portrayed him focused largely on a new generation of supervillains. He has battled “hacktivists” and those who try to subvert efforts to combat climate change.
Cain questions why the writers aren’t having their characters fight the injustices that created the refugees? He believes that that would be bold and brave and the actor said that he would read that. The superhero could fight for the rights of women to attend school and work and live. He could fight against the Taliban who have been known to rape both girls and boys. Cain said that there is real evil in the world today, real corruption, and government overreach. He wonders why the comic writers won’t tackle those real issues.