Alan Scott is Gay, and Other Gender and Race Changes in DCPosted 2:52 am on Friday, June 1st, 2012 by Michael Pao
DC Entertainment has announced that the formerly straight male character who will now be portrayed as gay will be Alan Scott, who was the original Green Lantern and now the solo Green Lantern in DC’s Earth 2 line up. But that’s not all, readers can expect to see even more race and gender changes in the upcoming months as even more familiar DC characters get rebooted. It will all start next week when Earth 2 issue #2 comes out, in which we see Alan Scott embracing and kissing his partner named Sam.
In an interview with Newsarama, comic book writer James Robinson had this to say about the change:
I really believe in this idea of relaunching the Justice Society and making them younger. But I thought it was a shame that we lost Jade and Obsidian, who are Alan Scott’s children. Obsidian has been in the comics for years and was a positive gay character.
And then, in the way that one idea can spring forward to the next, I thought, well, let’s make Alan Scott gay. And to DC and to Dan DiDio’s credit, when I ran the idea past him, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation. He was like, “Yeah, that’s great. Let’s do it.”
I can’t speak for him, honestly, but if he’s anything like me, he’s a little bit surprised that the media and people have been so interested in it. Although I guess it’s really great that the book’s getting attention because of it.
It all began back in September when the entire DC line up got the big reboot, and we saw characters such as Superman and Batman getting the big make over special. The entire DC universe got revamped as we saw reimagined characters in brand new modern interpretations.
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