It was announced earlier this year that one of DC’s comic book heroes would be coming out of the closet. As society has inched on to supporting homosexuality more and more, prominent people are coming out in support of so-called gay rights and even the inclusion of gay characters into story lines. The news broke after President Obama changed his stance on the issue, just in time to receive large donations as his reelection campaign is revving up, despite his and the party’s refusal to make the support of gay marriage part of their party platform, that one of DC’s characters would be revealed as gay in the upcoming months.
Green Lantern is Gay
After speculation on which character would “come out of the closet” and admit in printed comic form that they are openly gay; it appears that the Green Lantern is gay. Rumors before the announcement had fans, critics and news reporters guessing on who would be the character taking the hit for DC’s push on changing their character after decades of success. Batman was one of the most often talked about characters to have a chance of being announced as gay, but with The Dark Knight Rises coming out to follow up the highly successful box office hit “The Dark Knight”, the company seems to have not wanted to mess with the character they had grown into a huge financial success. Others had predicted that if not a main character, we might be seeing side kicks in the story coming out, but some feared that DC would then be viewed upon as not willing to commit to the cause.
DC was stuck in a hard position as they tried to find a balancing act of adjusting to the social times and not interfere too much with characters that already had a large fan base that may not respond well to the character they had grown up enjoying all of a sudden being a completely different person. Of course it would have just been easier to create a new character, but they wanted to send waves through the community and this way would and have created more publicity and news for them.
The news came out in issue 2 of “Earth 2” and is being written by James Robinson has stated that the Green Lantern being gay will not be exploited for further story lines. It has also been noted by fans and purists of the series that the character in this story line is not the original Green Lantern, so it is not as upsetting. Just like there have been different Batmans over time, there are different Green Lanterns. The original Green Lantern though had a son, making the new Green Lantern gay is quite different from previous stories crafted for the hero.
Gay Green Lantern
Mr. Robinson’s son is also openly gay, giving him the desire to push that concept into his comic book writing as well. He wants to note that the Green Lantern is a complex character who has many elements to him and his personality.
Other comic books following along with this trend as well include: Northstar by Marvel who is set to marry this year. The Catwoman. And Archie and the gang now hangs out with an openly gay character.