DC New 52, it was only nine months ago that this re-boot of the entire DC Universe set the comic book community a buzz. How much would the canon we all grew up with change and would it reduce the integrity of the characters? Well with the constant competition between DC & Marvel, there has been a constant struggle to keep up or make an concept better than the other.
With Marvel’s recent announcement that they plan to wed two gay characters in next month’s issue of Astonishing X-Men, it should be no surprise that DC has an announcement of their own for the LGBT community. The face of LGBT at DC Comics has been Batwoman; the fiery red-head and former soldier kicked out of the Army due to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, returns home to don the cape & cowl to fight crimes. But it won’t be enough to compete with Marvel’s big announcement, so what could DC have up its sleeve.
At Kapow Comics Convention in London over the weekend, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio was asked about the possibility of other DC Characters “coming out of the secret lair” due to the reboot. DiDio responded that he
“…was more interested in introducing new LGBT characters to the DC Universe than in rebooting old characters as gay or bisexual.”
But he did let slip that
“…the company’s about to re-introduce a previously straight character who will become “one of our most prominent gay characters” alongside the likes of Batwoman.”
So this clues us into the fact that the reboot of sexual orientation will not be for a prominent character in the DC Universe, i.e: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and etc. It may come from a character who will be making a reappearance in the universe after many years or one we haven’t seen yet. Among the possible contenders could be: Martian Manhunter, Black Adam, Shazam! (aka Captain Marvel) and Hawkgirl. Of course they could just amp up Poison Ivy being a hardcore plant-lesbian, just sayin’.
Place your bets, and sit tight ’cause DC is keepin’ their lips sealed on the identity of the new LGBT character coming to DC.