DC Entertainment announced today that the formerly straight male character who will now be portrayed as gay in one of its new comics (Earth 2 #2) is Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern of the overall DC universe – introduced during the so-called “Golden Age” of comic books in the 1940, when he made his debut in All-American Comics #16 – now the solo Green Lantern of Earth 2.
In recent comic books featuring Alan Scott – before the reboot of DC resulting in the ‘New 52′ universe – the character was an older married man and had two grown children, one of whom (Obsidian) was gay.
While the reboot now means that Obsidian (and his sister Jade – who was deeply tied into Green Lanter history herself) no longer exist – Alan Scott being gay is not part of some wider story line meant to be exploited or undone down the road, either.
“This was my idea,” Robinson explained this week, noting that before DC relaunched all its titles last summer, Alan Scott had a son who was gay.
But given “Earth 2″ features retooled and rebooted characters, Scott is not old enough to have a grown son.
“By making him younger, that son was not going to exist anymore,” Robinson said.
“He doesn’t come out. He’s gay when we see him in issue two,” which is due out Wednesday. “He’s fearless and he’s honest to the point where he realized he was gay and he said ‘I’m gay.'”
“It was just meant to be 7/8— Alan Scott being a gay member of the team, the Justice Society, that I’ll be forming in the pages of ‘Earth 2,'” he said. “He’s just meant to be part of this big tapestry of characters.”
It’s also another example of gay and lesbian characters taking more prominent roles in the medium.
In May, Marvel Entertainment said super speedster Northstar will marry his longtime boyfriend in the pages of “Astonishing X-Men.” DC comics has other gay characters, too, including Kate Kane, the current Batwoman.
And in the pages of Archie Comics, Kevin Keller is one of the gang at Riverdale High School and gay, too.
Some groups have protested the inclusion of gay characters, but Robinson isn’t discouraged, noting that being gay is just one aspect to Scott.
“This guy, he’s a media mogul, a hero, a dynamic type-A personality and he’s gay,” Robinson said. “He’s a complex character.”
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