A Superman actor claims the recent news of Superboy aka Jon Kent being bisexual is “bandwagoning” and might have been “brave” 20 years ago.
Dean Cain who shot to fame in the hit 1990s show “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” had some controversial comments to say on the topic of Jon Kent coming out as bisexual.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent was to come out as bisexual following a relationship with friend Jay Nakamura. Jon coming out will happen in the comic book, Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 to be released on November 5th.
As reported by BBC, Cain said that the decision to make Jon Kent bisexual would have been “brave” 20 years ago. And sure, times were most certainly different back then and it would have also been considered to be brave. However, I feel that Cain is missing the point.
“I say they’re bandwagoning“
“They said it’s a bold new direction. I say they’re bandwagoning,” said the actor. “If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave. But brave would be having him fight for the rights of gay people in Iran.”
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I have seen a lot of comments saying “why don’t they make a new character bisexual?” Sure, creating new characters that can represent people of as many backgrounds as possible is a great idea. However, Jon Kent is a very new character (at least in terms of comic books).
Ever since the 1940s, there have been many iterations of Superboy. Perhaps the best known is Conner Kent (Kon-El), son of Clark Kent. However, Jon Kent is a new character, a different Superboy that was first introduced in Convergence: Superman #2 in July 2015.
So, I see this new version of Superboy coming out as bisexual as an ideal character to represent a wider variety of comic book fans. Ultimately, representation is the keyword here. Have you been enjoying Jon Kent’s story in Superman: Son of Kal-El? Let us know across our social media channels.
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