Dean Cain, a former Superman actor, has attacked DC Comics for having the new Superman come out as bisexual.
"They said it was a daring new approach; I believe they're bandwagoning," the 55-year-old actor remarked on Fox Friends on Tuesday. "Robin just come out as bi — who's surprised by that?" The new Captain America is a lesbian. My character's daughter on [The CW's] Supergirl, in which I played the father, was homosexual. So I don't believe it's daring, adventurous, or going in a radical new way. If they had done this 20 years earlier, it may have been considered daring or gutsy.
"Brave would be having him fight for homosexual rights in Iran, where they'll toss you off a building just for being gay," Cain said. "They're talking about having him battle climate change and refugee expulsion, and he's dating a hacktivist — whatever it is." Why don't they have him battle the injustices that resulted in the deportation of the migrants he's protesting?
That would be courageous, I'd say. Fighting for the rights of women to attend school, work, and live, and for boys not to be raped by men under the new nice and cuddly Taliban would be bold. There is genuine evil in the world today, as well as real corruption and government overreach, so there is enough to fight against. Human trafficking is a form of slavery that exists in the real world. It would be fantastic to address such concerns."
Beginning in 1993, he portrayed Clark Kent/Superman on Lois Clark: The New Adventures of Superman for four seasons.
The current Superman in DC Comics is 17-year-old Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent, who comes out as bisexual in the November 9 issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El. While his father is off-world in the Action Comics series, Jon has assumed the mantle of Earth's Superman. Jon Kent, like his father, has fallen for a reporter, but this time it's his college friend Jay Nakamura.
"I've always maintained that everyone needs heroes and that everyone deserves to recognize themselves in their heroes, and I'm extremely pleased that DC and Warner Bros. share this belief," writer Tom Taylor said. "Superman's emblem has always represented hope, truth, and justice." That emblem now signifies something more. Today, more individuals may identify with the most powerful superhero in comic books."
According to Taylor, "the thought of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white hero felt like a wasted opportunity." A new Superman needed new conflicts — real-world challenges he could face as one of the world's most powerful individuals."
"We couldn't be more proud to present Tom Taylor and John Timms' vital narrative," said DC chief creative officer and publisher Jim Lee. "We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our narrative, and this is just another amazing example."
We can have Jon Kent discovering his identity in the comics and Jon Kent uncovering the secrets of his family on Superman Lois on television. They coexist in their own worlds and eras, and our followers may enjoy both at the same time."
Jon Kent is played by actor Jordan Elsass on The CW's Superman Lois, who was questioned if the comics' plot will be integrated into the show. "This is a different Earth," Elsass told Decider. "This is an alternate version of Jon Kent." You should also keep in mind that there are additional distinctions. As far as we know, Jon Kent does not yet have powers in this reality.
So there's always that potential, especially growing up, those formative years, when there's so much to discover. But I'm not sure if that's going to be one of those things. Jon Kent has been established as heterosexual in this reality, at least for the time being."
The move comes on the heels of DC's newest Robin, Tim Drake, coming out as bisexual in Batman: Urban Legends. Drake has also been cast in HBO Max's live-action Titans series, with actor Jay Lycurgo taking on the role in the show's third season, which premieres on August 12.