The news that Superman’s son Jon Kent would be coming out as bisexual in an upcoming issue of his comic book “Superman: Son of Kal-El” saw a variety of different reactions across the internet.
Writer Tom Taylor was interviewed by John Berman on CNN, with Taylor preferring to focus on the positives.
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) October 12, 2021
“Action Comics” writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson took to Twitter with his own response to the nonsense of people like the above mentioned Senator…
“Thanks so much for reading, Wendy! Don’t worry, Louis and Clark’s marriage is as secure as ever, as you’ll continue to see in the pages of Action Comics, the Superman (Clark Kent) title. Superman: Son of Kal-El follows Jon Kent, their son.”
“To clarify: both father and son are using the title of ‘Superman’ currently, much like two characters go by ‘Spider-Man’ at Marvel. Like his dad, Jon is a beautiful character with a lot to say about how people should treat one another, and clearly has a lot to teach us.”
“Here’s a scene with Superman Classic in all his hetero glory, as depicted in the most recent issue of Action Comics. That’s Lois he’s… holding.”
“*Adding* Jonathan Kent to the DC Universe in 2015 did not *subtract* Clark Kent. There is NO REPLACING Clark Kent. Both can exist. Giving more people an A-list superhero that they can see themselves in does not mean that yours–the one you see yourself in–no longer exists. I can’t take credit for Jon’s creation or the recent development, but I’m proud that he’s there.”
“A heartfelt ‘welcome’ to everyone who saw today as GREAT news, and especially those who now have a Superman that they can more easily identify with as a result. To those who were NOT happy with the news, please remember that the character of Superman represents the very best of us, and is there to show us the way. Anyone who imagines Clark would respond to this news from Jon with anything but deepest compassion and understanding, might reexamine their understanding of who Superman is.”
“When I was a kid, Clark was the hero I desperately needed. There are readers out there now who STILL need Clark, and Clark is STILL THERE for them. He ALWAYS WILL BE. There is NO REPLACING Clark Kent.”
“But there are OTHER readers who need Jon.”
As a life-long Superman fan, it has been extremely disappointing to see some of the comments from so-called “Superman fans” both on this website and on our social media platforms. Messages of homophobia or bigotry will NOT be allowed. If you claim to be a Superman fan, who is an absolute model for human behavior, you are expected to hold yourself to a higher standard.