Source.Less than a year after Dan DiDio indicated that DC Comics wouldn’t alter the sexual orientations of existing characters in the New 52, the co-publisher revealed Saturday at the Kapow! Comic Convention in London that he’s changed his position.
When asked by a fan during a convention panel why race or age could be changed in the relaunch but not sexual orientation, Bleeding Cool reports DiDio responded that a previously established heterosexual character will be reintroduced as “one of our most prominent gay characters.” Bob Wayne, senior vice president of sales, added that like President Obama, DiDio’s stance “has evolved.”
It’s a significant shift from July, just before the relaunch, when DiDio told the gay and lesbian magazine The Advocate, “One of the things we’re very focused on doing for these types of stories is rather than [change an existing] character, we want to make sure that this is the basis of who that character is right from the start. So if we’re going to introduce a gay character in Teen Titans, we want to make it a new character and make sure that is an iatrical part of who he is, or who she is, right from the start so we can really lean and grow with her or him.” (Note: That’s probably supposed to be “integral,” not “iatrical.”)
The New York Post weighed in this morning, suggesting that DC “could be feeling the gay heat ” from Marvel, which appears poised to wed Northstar to his boyfriend Kyle next month in the pages of Astonishing X-Men.
Naturally speculation has already begun as to the the identity of the newly gay DC character, with the DC Universe Gays blog floating everyone from Shazam and Kid Eternity to Vibe and Hawkgirl as possible candidates.
So, yeah, big gay news at comics' two biggest publishers. Sadly, Marvel's marrying a character who's barely known outside of comics to a character NO ONE knows, and who has only been around for a few years. The entire marriage, to me, just feels like a gay marriage for the sake of a gay marriage. But that's okay. Give it a few years and Northstar will make a pact with some devil to annul the wedding, or they'll separate due to any number of reasons (I believe this makes them one of three currently happy married couples in the Marvel universe, despite there being at least three marriages prior to this in the past decade alone).The X-Men, one of the world’s most popular super hero teams, have always been at the forefront of the biggest stories in comic history, and today is no different as Marvel is proud to announce the wedding that has everyone talking! Today, fans worldwide learned on ABC’s "The View" that Jean-Paul Beaubier, aka Northstar, proposes to his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in ASTONISHING X-MEN #50, on-sale May 23 in comic stores, on the Marvel Comics app and at the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. The creative team of New York Times best-sellers Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins have put Northstar and Kyle’s relationship to the test—and now they’re about to take their biggest step yet. But will their path to wedded matrimony in New York City be smooth or are there hidden dangers around the corner?
The DC announcement, on the other hand, is intriguing. I just hope it makes sense. I don't want to see Wally West come back as gay for the sake of having an established hero as gay. Not with Batman out there, anyway. My money's on Alfred, though. Would be an "established" character whose sexuality would have zero impact on anything, thus giving DC the ability to keep their promise without actually offending anyone.