Fans of superheroes from Time Warner‘s (NYSE:TWX) DC Comics have been adapting to changes since the company decided to shake up its characters’ fictional universe. Now, the company has revealed something new about a perennial favorite.
Among the changes to popular superheroes is the revelation that the Green Lantern, known to fellow humans as Alan Scott, is gay.
When the Green Lantern debuted in comic books back in 1940, anything other than a heterosexual identity for a superhero would have been unthinkable. The new Green Lantern appears in Earth Two, a comic book series penned by James Robinson with drawings by Nicola Scott. The new series breaks sharply with other series that include the Green Lantern, CNN says.
For example, Earth Two deletes the Green Lantern’s son Obsidian, who appears in earlier versions of the superhero’s story. Having dropped the son, Robinson decided to recast the Green Lantern as gay.
He says the idea didn’t encounter any resistance from DC Comics management.
The new Green Lantern isn’t the first gay superhero. Marvel Comic’s, owned by Disney (NYSE:DIS), already features Northstar, an openly gay mutant and part of the X-Men universe. In fact, Northstar marries his partner in an upcoming issue of the “Astonishing X-Men.”