‘Superman’ Actor Dean Cain Reacts Strongly to DC Comics Decision to Make the Hero Bisexual

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Superman is debatably the most iconic superhero in American culture, and he has often stood up for the ideals of what the nation strives to achieve in terms of inclusivity and standing up to bullies and the oppressed.

Known as perhaps the ultimate “All-American” fictional character, the superhero, known by his real name Clark Kent in the comics, has long been played by actor Dean Cain.

On Tuesday, Cain reacted to the series’ latest plot twist.

Superman will become a bisexual man in the upcoming comics series ‘Son of Kal-El,’ which launches in July.

The new series will focus on the adventures of Jonathan Kent, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

Jonathan will follow in his father’s footsteps by taking on the title of Superman and saving the world from the “bad guys.”

One of the big differences between the young Kent and his father is surprising in one sense, however: Jonathan Kent will have a same-sex relationship during the series, coming out as bisexual.

The DC Comics Twitter account had the following to say about the character’s personal life and what it may represent going forward.

Dean Cain Reacts to Superman Character’s New Sexual Orientation

Earlier this month, Cain reacted to the character’s new direction.

He said he doesn’t believe that the change is as “bold” as the comic books purveyor does in this particular case.

“They said it’s a bold new direction… I say they’re bandwagoning. Robin, of Batman and Robin, just came out as bi or gay recently and honestly who’s really shocked about that one? I had some thoughts about that a long time ago,” Cain said.

“The new Captain America is gay, my daughter in [the CW series] Supergirl, where I payed the father, she was gay.

“So 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 have been bold or brave.”

Cain also took issue with the real world plot twists involving climate change and the new series’ villains.
“They’re talking about him fighting real-world problems like climate change and the deportation of refugees and he’ll be dating a ‘hacktivist’ whatever a ‘hacktivist’ is, I don’t know,” he said.

“Why don’t they have him fight the injustices that created the refugees whose deportation he’s protesting? That would be brave, I’d read that. Or fighting for the rights of women to attend school and have the ability to work and live, and boys not to be raped by men under the new warm and fuzzy Taliban. That would be brave.”

According to Glen Weldon, author of ‘Superman: The Unauthorized Biography,’ the decision to make Jonathan Kent a bisexual man matters big-time in popular culture.

The high profile of the character makes for an important landmark in the world of diversity and inclusivity, he said, and everyone should take note.

“It is not Northstar, who your aunt has never heard of. It’s not Hulkling. It’s not Wiccan. It’s not Fire and Ice. It’s not Tasmanian Devil. It is Superman. That counts for something – just in terms of visibility, just in terms of the fact that this is going to attract attention.”

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