Jon Kent is the son of Clark Kent in the newest rendition of the DC universe, and with next month's "Superman: Son of Kal-El #5," he's coming out of the closet.
The comic's writer Tom Taylor shared the news on Twitter on Monday. The ins and out of it were revealed in an exclusive interview with IGN.
"The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity," Taylor told The New York Times. He says the "new Superman had to have new fights — real world problems — that he could stand up to as one of the most powerful people in the world."
Jon Kent is not the only LGBTQ+ character coming to the DC comics. A reintroduction of Aquaman, starring young black gay superhero Jackson Hyde, started up last month with "Aquaman: The Becoming #1."
In August Tim Drake’s Robin came out as bisexual in "Batman: Urban Legends #6."
"We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another incredible example. We can have Jon Kent exploring his identity in the comics as well as Jon Kent learning the secrets of his family on TV on Superman & Lois. They coexist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously," DC Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee said according to CBR.
Meanwhile in the Marvel comics they’ve had America Chavez, a couple of Young Avengers, and one of the X-Men representing the LGBTQ community for years now. In "The Eternals" next month, the movie will introduce Phastos as Marvel's first on-screen gay superhero.