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DC Comics reveals The Green Lantern as the first major superhero to be openly gay

06.01.2012

In an industry where killing off characters only to bring them back a few months later is common practice, it is often hard to do something new or unexpected. But, DC Comics held to their promise to reveal that one of their superheroes is gay.

That superhero turned out to be the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott.  (NOTE: In case you didn't know, the Warner Bros/DC film GREEN LANTERN was Hal Jordan, not Alan Scott)

The change occurs in DC's Earth 2 universe, which is not their main comic timeline. However, this marks the biggest superhero to come out of the closet in comics history. DC previously released a series featuring a lesbian Batwoman and Marvel recently had two of the X-Men, who are gay, get engaged to be married.

It should be noted that making the Green Lantern gay is not the only other major change to the character. The Earth 2 Alan Scott also doesn't have a lantern at all! In fact, he derives his power from the green energy of the planet that feeds through his ring, not an intergalactic corps of heroes. Also, he is no longer weakened by wood (which I didn't even know was a Green Lantern weakness).

Writer James Robinson had this to say about the new Alan Scott/Green Lantern: He’s a giant of the media industry. By getting involved in communication, the news, and the Internet, he’s become a billionaire. He’s kind of a cross between Mark Zuckerberg and David Geffen. The original Alan Scott owned a radio station in the ’40s and ’50s, so he was a media giant then. He was this bold, heroic, brave man who took control, who would risk his life for you and be this emerald knight that was always there to protect the world. The Alan Scott I’m doing now is that same dynamic, brave, honorable man. A man that you’d want guarding your welfare, your children, your life, your home. He’s willing to give his life for the world. He’s everything you want in a hero. And he happens to be gay. So really, apart from his sexuality, there isn’t that much of a difference.

What do you think of this new change in the direction for an established comic icon?

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Extra Tidbit: I know everything from the flaming Green Lantern image at the top to his weakness for wood will be fodder for your comments below, but please be respectful and keep your comments from being too insensitive.

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11:12PM on 06/03/2012

Hypocrite Central

If it's no big deal, then make Batman gay. Not ONE of you would go for that. NEVER. Because the fact is, no one wants their heroes performing fellatio on another man. NOBODY. So stop the boring, old hat political correctness. It's a snooze fest.
If it's no big deal, then make Batman gay. Not ONE of you would go for that. NEVER. Because the fact is, no one wants their heroes performing fellatio on another man. NOBODY. So stop the boring, old hat political correctness. It's a snooze fest.
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1:47AM on 06/04/2012
Actually I was thinking Billy Batson, or Aquaman was going to be the announcement, but Batman would have been a bold choice. Hell Grant Morrison said just the concept of Batman is very gay and Kevin Smith made the Joker Bi-sexual...

So there's that.

Actually I was thinking Billy Batson, or Aquaman was going to be the announcement, but Batman would have been a bold choice. Hell Grant Morrison said just the concept of Batman is very gay and Kevin Smith made the Joker Bi-sexual...

So there's that.

3:26PM on 06/03/2012
Wait, isn't Alan Scott supposed to be an older man? So why does the guy he is kissing look like a young boy? Is Green Lantern a pedophile?

Or maybe two older gay guys kissing is gross, but if one of them looks like a woman, then it is okay.

Or maybe this is just a publicity stunt with no thought put into it whatsoever. No meaning behind it. Nothing to say beyond "Hey! Look at me!".
Wait, isn't Alan Scott supposed to be an older man? So why does the guy he is kissing look like a young boy? Is Green Lantern a pedophile?

Or maybe two older gay guys kissing is gross, but if one of them looks like a woman, then it is okay.

Or maybe this is just a publicity stunt with no thought put into it whatsoever. No meaning behind it. Nothing to say beyond "Hey! Look at me!".
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5:11PM on 06/03/2012
Alan Scott has been made younger. Around Hal Jordan's age. In fact one of the main reasons that Alan Scott was reintroduced as gay was because he no longer has Obsidian, his gay son, after the reboot.
Alan Scott has been made younger. Around Hal Jordan's age. In fact one of the main reasons that Alan Scott was reintroduced as gay was because he no longer has Obsidian, his gay son, after the reboot.
2:25PM on 06/03/2012

Sure, why not?

As long as they don't make a big song and dance about this issue in the comic I think it'll be a positive thing that'll help kill the taboo.
As long as they don't make a big song and dance about this issue in the comic I think it'll be a positive thing that'll help kill the taboo.
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1:13PM on 06/03/2012
Yeah DC, I knew the Green Lantern was gay when I saw the movie.
Yeah DC, I knew the Green Lantern was gay when I saw the movie.
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12:06AM on 06/06/2012
Moron.
Moron.
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6:14AM on 06/03/2012
The gay topic has always been a touchy subject to me after what had happened to my brother. So ill try to contain myself as much as I can cause I can go on and on and on about things that go on towards homosexuals.

Personally though I think its great there are characters that are gay, but I have mixed feelings about The green lantern being gay though. If he was gay in the beginning or even hinted toward him being confused then i think its alright but if he was straight from the beginning
The gay topic has always been a touchy subject to me after what had happened to my brother. So ill try to contain myself as much as I can cause I can go on and on and on about things that go on towards homosexuals.

Personally though I think its great there are characters that are gay, but I have mixed feelings about The green lantern being gay though. If he was gay in the beginning or even hinted toward him being confused then i think its alright but if he was straight from the beginning then thats where I would disagree with it. Its not like you can just flip a switch because you wanna be gay and then straight the next day :P. I dont follow The Green Latern so I don't know to much about the character. Oh and not all Gay men act feminine, there are lots of people out there that are gay you wouldnt know because of how they act,move etc.... Thanks to TV, movies etc thats how most are protrayed and how most of us see it. My point for making this statement is because there lots of ppl mostly men that think just because a character or person is gay they have to act feminine and in this situation thats prolly what most are worried about for the green lantern. Personally I could care less tho.

In reality tho if DC or Marvel came out with a gay superhero from the start I bet you it wouldn't sell that good. There are parents nowadays that I know that would rather have their children watch porn rather than see 2 guys kiss. In my books we are all the same no matter what our sexual identity or race is and we all should be treated with respect. It's better now than it used to be but still needs alot of work.
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5:36PM on 06/03/2012
I can understand your reticence at the reintroduction of a previously straight character as gay, but this is one of the rare occasions where I'm actually okay with it.

You see, with the reboot of the DCU, every single character is younger in this continuity. Including Alan Scott. In fact, he's probably in his late 20s or early 30s in this continuity, as opposed to his 60s. As such, he obviously no longer has 2, full grown children. One of those children being Obsidian, his openly gay
I can understand your reticence at the reintroduction of a previously straight character as gay, but this is one of the rare occasions where I'm actually okay with it.

You see, with the reboot of the DCU, every single character is younger in this continuity. Including Alan Scott. In fact, he's probably in his late 20s or early 30s in this continuity, as opposed to his 60s. As such, he obviously no longer has 2, full grown children. One of those children being Obsidian, his openly gay son. That character has been erased.

James Robinson, knowing that they were in the position of losing one of their more prominent gay characters, they took this opportunity to relevel their own diversity playground. And I know that diversity in any respect should be never just be a numbers game, this was a good place for them to make an effort to take a character with over 70 years of fan history, and tell a story that is hopefully true (or close to true) to the lifestyle of a gay man, that doesn't interpret him as flamboyant or stereotypical, but as a man, who lives his existence as a superhero, and who's sexual orientation is merely a piece of his identity and not the whole shebang. The chance to do that right is simply more likely to happen with a character that will draw a bit of controversy as a more prominent member of DC's old guard.
5:53AM on 06/03/2012
I think the whole thing is not about to promote gay lifestyle, but to make gay people feel understood and supported instead of being rejected, ignored or hated all the time.
I think the whole thing is not about to promote gay lifestyle, but to make gay people feel understood and supported instead of being rejected, ignored or hated all the time.
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5:07AM on 06/03/2012
I have no problem with gay marriage but I do have a problem with writers these days throwing it in there just because its a trending topic. Was alan scott gay 70+ years ago? Probably not. Make a new gay Green Lantern or make his sexual preference somehow relevant to the story but don't change the iconic characters just for the sake of latching on to the new millennium zeitgeist. I mean honestly, are the romantic relationships of comic book characters in the DC universe even relevant? Superman
I have no problem with gay marriage but I do have a problem with writers these days throwing it in there just because its a trending topic. Was alan scott gay 70+ years ago? Probably not. Make a new gay Green Lantern or make his sexual preference somehow relevant to the story but don't change the iconic characters just for the sake of latching on to the new millennium zeitgeist. I mean honestly, are the romantic relationships of comic book characters in the DC universe even relevant? Superman and Lois Lane aside, not really.
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5:43PM on 06/03/2012
While the top brass at DC have gone out of their way to promote this as a "hey, look how tolerant we are" style move, I believe Chris Robinson when he said his decision (his and not the DC execs, who merely agreed and allowed his decision to be carried forth) was based on the loss of Alan Scott's son, Obsidian, an openly gay character that do to Alan Scott being reintroduced as a young man in his prime, won't have two fully grown kids. This was a way to re-level the playing field. And while
While the top brass at DC have gone out of their way to promote this as a "hey, look how tolerant we are" style move, I believe Chris Robinson when he said his decision (his and not the DC execs, who merely agreed and allowed his decision to be carried forth) was based on the loss of Alan Scott's son, Obsidian, an openly gay character that do to Alan Scott being reintroduced as a young man in his prime, won't have two fully grown kids. This was a way to re-level the playing field. And while I've stated before that diversity in any respect shouldn't be a numbers game, I'm feeling more ok with it as Robinson has said that his homosexuality is only going to be a piece of the whole, and not his entire identity. I get the feeling he's been frustrated as well with DC making a big deal out of this as he's said in interviews that focusing on his sexual orientation is a poor lens in which to view the character.
2:48AM on 06/03/2012

Not the first gay character at DC

Batwoman is an open lesbian and has her own series. Bunker is gay in Teen Titans. The Pied Piper (a longtime Flash foe who later turned hero) has been gay for years (and was the company's first openly gay hero long before Robinson wrote Starman). Not really a big deal as far as I'm concerned.
Batwoman is an open lesbian and has her own series. Bunker is gay in Teen Titans. The Pied Piper (a longtime Flash foe who later turned hero) has been gay for years (and was the company's first openly gay hero long before Robinson wrote Starman). Not really a big deal as far as I'm concerned.
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8:13PM on 06/02/2012
Joblo, at leats post a picture of Alan scott and not Hal. Now everyone thinks Hals gay; not that theres anything wrong with it :).
Joblo, at leats post a picture of Alan scott and not Hal. Now everyone thinks Hals gay; not that theres anything wrong with it :).
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5:22PM on 06/03/2012
That's not Hal. Look closer. It's Alan Scott's redesign. He's more green now, but just look at the costume. It's clearly not Hal.
That's not Hal. Look closer. It's Alan Scott's redesign. He's more green now, but just look at the costume. It's clearly not Hal.
7:53PM on 06/02/2012

Stupid pandering by D.C.

Political correctness run amok.
Political correctness run amok.
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3:16AM on 06/03/2012
I feel sorry for your future children and the narrow minded life they'll be raised in. Surprised you'll even let them read comics, what with all that witchcraft.
I feel sorry for your future children and the narrow minded life they'll be raised in. Surprised you'll even let them read comics, what with all that witchcraft.
5:04AM on 06/03/2012
ugh. i upvoted you before i loaded the rest of your comment.

i'm not into the pandering either, but i don't have anything against gay marriage. gimme my thumb back.
ugh. i upvoted you before i loaded the rest of your comment.

i'm not into the pandering either, but i don't have anything against gay marriage. gimme my thumb back.
3:33PM on 06/02/2012

DC caring? HA!!!

Damned if you do, damned if you don't I get. This though? There have been plenty of gay characters before this that were from better series. It irks me a bit that everyone is making a big deal. If it was a real attempt on DC's part snd not a money grubbing scheme (like most comic book events) then they would be like " Yeh he's gay, but that's not the point... Look at the STORY!"
Damned if you do, damned if you don't I get. This though? There have been plenty of gay characters before this that were from better series. It irks me a bit that everyone is making a big deal. If it was a real attempt on DC's part snd not a money grubbing scheme (like most comic book events) then they would be like " Yeh he's gay, but that's not the point... Look at the STORY!"
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12:45PM on 06/02/2012
Lame.
Lame.
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11:56AM on 06/02/2012
Haters gonna hate!
Haters gonna hate!
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11:37AM on 06/02/2012

i don't understand why i'm supposed to care if someone's banging a dude or a chick.

as long as they're not thrusting their sexual conquests in my face, i don't give a shit who does what with any other consenting adult. this shit is ri-god-damn-diculous.
as long as they're not thrusting their sexual conquests in my face, i don't give a shit who does what with any other consenting adult. this shit is ri-god-damn-diculous.
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11:16AM on 06/02/2012
No right answer for DC apparently... if they don't have a gay character they're bigoted, if they do they're pandering. I think it's great that they're introducing this element and it opens doors for future characters to be open about their sexuality.
No right answer for DC apparently... if they don't have a gay character they're bigoted, if they do they're pandering. I think it's great that they're introducing this element and it opens doors for future characters to be open about their sexuality.
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10:33AM on 06/02/2012

gay........

I love how we all have to be accepting of everyone's lifestyle now, so stupid. If you don't agree with it, you are filled with hate, so basically you can't win. At least they didn't make a really cool/popular hero a homo, because I didn't care for Green Lantern anyways.
I love how we all have to be accepting of everyone's lifestyle now, so stupid. If you don't agree with it, you are filled with hate, so basically you can't win. At least they didn't make a really cool/popular hero a homo, because I didn't care for Green Lantern anyways.
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6:22PM on 06/02/2012
Homophobe
Homophobe
12:48PM on 06/03/2012
You're exaggerating. It doesn't make you filled with hate. It makes you a bigot. You are a bigot. Own it and move on.
You're exaggerating. It doesn't make you filled with hate. It makes you a bigot. You are a bigot. Own it and move on.
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9:26AM on 06/02/2012
To make Batman gay would be too obvious (grown man posing as a playboy running around with a boy in tights), Green Arrow would be too cliche (A gay superhero who's last name is Queen). So let's make it the original Green Lantern who's ring's weakness was wood. A gay man with a weakness for wood.....
To make Batman gay would be too obvious (grown man posing as a playboy running around with a boy in tights), Green Arrow would be too cliche (A gay superhero who's last name is Queen). So let's make it the original Green Lantern who's ring's weakness was wood. A gay man with a weakness for wood.....
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9:19AM on 06/02/2012
SO thats the reason the movie bombed now.
SO thats the reason the movie bombed now.
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7:47AM on 06/02/2012
Too funny! :)
Too funny! :)
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4:43AM on 06/02/2012

What about Apollo

Apollo is basically Superman from an alternative earth (50 something I think). And hes fucking that earths batman (I don't remember his name). Why would making a Green Lantern gay mean anything to anyone. Unless some some journalist are looking to make some noise. No really what you do with your dick is your own business as long as you keep it far away from my brown eye.
Apollo is basically Superman from an alternative earth (50 something I think). And hes fucking that earths batman (I don't remember his name). Why would making a Green Lantern gay mean anything to anyone. Unless some some journalist are looking to make some noise. No really what you do with your dick is your own business as long as you keep it far away from my brown eye.
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4:24AM on 06/02/2012

Also.......

I love how they made the superhero, that basically no one really follows, that they made him gay....How marvelous.
I love how they made the superhero, that basically no one really follows, that they made him gay....How marvelous.
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3:51AM on 06/02/2012

They made him gay?.......

That's gay.
That's gay.
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3:11AM on 06/02/2012
You know what this means... Marvel will have to announce on Monday that they plan to reveal the first major superhero to be openly transgender. Then of course DC will have to fire back with first major superhero to be openly vegan. Who knows where it could end?
You know what this means... Marvel will have to announce on Monday that they plan to reveal the first major superhero to be openly transgender. Then of course DC will have to fire back with first major superhero to be openly vegan. Who knows where it could end?
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2:01AM on 06/02/2012
The Green Lantern was gay long before this development.
The Green Lantern was gay long before this development.
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1:27AM on 06/02/2012
I just don't care much about Green Lantern, no matter his orientation. I've just never found the hero appealing. And the movie was garbage too.
I just don't care much about Green Lantern, no matter his orientation. I've just never found the hero appealing. And the movie was garbage too.
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1:20AM on 06/02/2012
Since homosexuality is a CHOICE and a chosen lifestyle, bringing up bigotry is absurd and an insult to people who truly suffer that injustice. Why doesn't DC simply make the golden age Flash a pedophile next? I'm sure it will sell and after all, he was "born that way" right?

If a person decides to engage in homosexual behavior that's their choice and I'm actually fine with it. It's a free country. I do have a problem however when organizations promote or condone the behavior. It hurts
Since homosexuality is a CHOICE and a chosen lifestyle, bringing up bigotry is absurd and an insult to people who truly suffer that injustice. Why doesn't DC simply make the golden age Flash a pedophile next? I'm sure it will sell and after all, he was "born that way" right?

If a person decides to engage in homosexual behavior that's their choice and I'm actually fine with it. It's a free country. I do have a problem however when organizations promote or condone the behavior. It hurts impressionable kids that are either consciously or subconsciously choosing that path. That is a pure FACT and denying it because politically correct upbringing has masked its true nature is ignorant at best.
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1:58AM on 06/02/2012
Being Jewish is a chosen lifestyle. By your logic, Jews don't ever truly suffer the injustice of bigotry.
Being Jewish is a chosen lifestyle. By your logic, Jews don't ever truly suffer the injustice of bigotry.
2:55AM on 06/02/2012
A child is not going to pursue a homosexual lifestyle merely because they are made aware of the existence of gay people. If a person decides to engage in homosexual behaviour, it is simply because that is how they are wired. Choice is NOT a factor. People do not willingly choose to be put into a group that is met with such ire and hatred just for the hell of it. And if it bothers you to see homosexuality promoted, then no you are not fine with it. Don't delude yourself.

...And I'm going to
A child is not going to pursue a homosexual lifestyle merely because they are made aware of the existence of gay people. If a person decides to engage in homosexual behaviour, it is simply because that is how they are wired. Choice is NOT a factor. People do not willingly choose to be put into a group that is met with such ire and hatred just for the hell of it. And if it bothers you to see homosexuality promoted, then no you are not fine with it. Don't delude yourself.

...And I'm going to try and ignore the fact that you compared making a character gay to making a character a pedophile. Those are not comparable. FACT.
4:58PM on 06/02/2012
Your post is so IGNORANT that's really hard to even try to start answering... Thanks for Rasporange Pant and TarantinoDork posts...
Let me just ask you something:
If the "pursuit of a homosexual lifestyle" is a choice, the same logic must apply to the "pursuit of a heterosexual lifestyle", right? Such an important decision on anyone's life must have been a big event.
Tell me, do you remember the day you decide to "pursue your heterosexual" lifestyle? Do you remember consciously thinking
Your post is so IGNORANT that's really hard to even try to start answering... Thanks for Rasporange Pant and TarantinoDork posts...
Let me just ask you something:
If the "pursuit of a homosexual lifestyle" is a choice, the same logic must apply to the "pursuit of a heterosexual lifestyle", right? Such an important decision on anyone's life must have been a big event.
Tell me, do you remember the day you decide to "pursue your heterosexual" lifestyle? Do you remember consciously thinking "Hmmm, I got to choose between dick or pussy before I get to school today"...
3:17PM on 06/03/2012
I love the connection bigots like you make between homosexuality and anything else under the sun. Pedophilia. Bestiality. Paraphilia.

It's all rubbish.

Correlation does not denote causation in any way.

The main difference you and your ilk need to realize is the concept of consent. The only choice made by any gay person is the choice to consent to a sexual relationship, the same as any adult regardless of sexual orientation.

What your pedophilia reference lacks is the legal
I love the connection bigots like you make between homosexuality and anything else under the sun. Pedophilia. Bestiality. Paraphilia.

It's all rubbish.

Correlation does not denote causation in any way.

The main difference you and your ilk need to realize is the concept of consent. The only choice made by any gay person is the choice to consent to a sexual relationship, the same as any adult regardless of sexual orientation.

What your pedophilia reference lacks is the legal context of consent. Pedophiles may be born that way, I'm not sure about that, but they do not have the legal, moral, or ethical consent from their victims... that's why they are indeed victims. Children can't consent. Animals can't consent. Objects can't consent. Adults (or the age each state deems to be consensual) can. End of story.

While it is conventional thought that those who cry-out "gay-is-a-choice" are people that struggle with thoughts about same-sex relationships and see their own closeted behavior as proof-perfect that one can choose their sexual identity, I am not going to assume you're sexuality.Because it is truly none of my business.

But I will call you out on your ignorance.

I too thought like you once, a long time ago, and have found all the ideals I once held onto were not my own. Close minded indoctrination bled into my thoughts through loud repetition. But I found that acceptance isn't a cancer propagated by the desire to be politically correct. It's a basic human instinct that needs to be exercised like a muscle. Regardless of what you have been told, this is not, at it's core, a political topic.

So to end my diatribe, I hope that you can come to terms with whatever hate, anger, or opposition you have in your heart and just learn to stop judging.
12:58AM on 06/02/2012
Meh. DC is playing it pretty safe here. Taking a lesser-known Green Lantern in an alternate timeline and it frankly has little to reveal about Alan Scott historically as a character. I'd have been more impressed if, with 'the new 52' timeline they had Captain Atom or (dare I suggest) Billy Batson come out. There's relevant elements to talk about with those characters (military service, isolation, teen bullying/suicide) that would have been worth exploring.

The only really positive thing
Meh. DC is playing it pretty safe here. Taking a lesser-known Green Lantern in an alternate timeline and it frankly has little to reveal about Alan Scott historically as a character. I'd have been more impressed if, with 'the new 52' timeline they had Captain Atom or (dare I suggest) Billy Batson come out. There's relevant elements to talk about with those characters (military service, isolation, teen bullying/suicide) that would have been worth exploring.

The only really positive thing I take from this, is that its a wonderful sign of the times that now this is seen as a positive. As a way to attract people to a product.
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3:28PM on 06/03/2012
I was thinking Billy myself. Writing this into a character so young might have been a media shit storm but the story potential and pay-off would have been huge in the long run.
I was thinking Billy myself. Writing this into a character so young might have been a media shit storm but the story potential and pay-off would have been huge in the long run.
12:49AM on 06/02/2012
Nothing against gay people at all but Im getting tired of the entertainment industry shoving gay characters and gay story lines in everything they possibly can for the sake of publicity and because its the hype thing to do
Nothing against gay people at all but Im getting tired of the entertainment industry shoving gay characters and gay story lines in everything they possibly can for the sake of publicity and because its the hype thing to do
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11:54PM on 06/01/2012

Batman

I feel like Bruce Wayne would be gay...which would explain things...
I feel like Bruce Wayne would be gay...which would explain things...
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10:00PM on 06/01/2012
DC is gay. Always playing catch up. What a waste of so much good property. Green Lantern is laughable and so will Supes (Should of had Darkseid).
DC is gay. Always playing catch up. What a waste of so much good property. Green Lantern is laughable and so will Supes (Should of had Darkseid).
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9:59PM on 06/01/2012
Yeah, this is just a lame publicity stunt that has nothing to do with story. They know it will catch a lot of attention, yet people won't badmouth them for fear of being labeled homophobic.
Yeah, this is just a lame publicity stunt that has nothing to do with story. They know it will catch a lot of attention, yet people won't badmouth them for fear of being labeled homophobic.
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9:54PM on 06/01/2012
Who was the first ever in comic-dom? Isn't someone in Alpha-Flight gay? Sad to say I haven't read a comic in years. Miss it . . . EDIT: It was brought up already. Northstar. Check . . .
Who was the first ever in comic-dom? Isn't someone in Alpha-Flight gay? Sad to say I haven't read a comic in years. Miss it . . . EDIT: It was brought up already. Northstar. Check . . .
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9:29PM on 06/01/2012

BE AFRAID, AMERICA

There's also a Black Green Lantern, and an Irish Green Lantern...
They also still go in to space.
There's also a Black Green Lantern, and an Irish Green Lantern...
They also still go in to space.
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8:34PM on 06/01/2012
Good for DC. And it is nice to see lots of open-minded comments here.
Good for DC. And it is nice to see lots of open-minded comments here.
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8:26PM on 06/01/2012

Eh.

Between Marvel waving magic wands to get rid of anything interesting they've ever done and DC inventing alternate dimensions to do the same thing, I give zero shits about what happens in mainstream comics.
Between Marvel waving magic wands to get rid of anything interesting they've ever done and DC inventing alternate dimensions to do the same thing, I give zero shits about what happens in mainstream comics.
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8:10PM on 06/01/2012

Caats19 took the words right out of my mouth...

PLUS, anything that pisses off obnoxious self-righteous bigots like 'One Million Moms' pleases me.
PLUS, anything that pisses off obnoxious self-righteous bigots like 'One Million Moms' pleases me.
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8:09PM on 06/01/2012
Haha I'm more offended at the DC haters that are posting here than Alan Scott being gay.
Haha I'm more offended at the DC haters that are posting here than Alan Scott being gay.
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7:58PM on 06/01/2012
These comments are refreshingly open-minded.
These comments are refreshingly open-minded.
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7:46PM on 06/01/2012

Meh.

DC publicists suck.

"We're going to announce major DC character as gay!" Ok...well, not really, since it's in a book that has a limited run, that's set in another universe that we're experimenting with because we fucked up the main DC universe (again) and don't know how to correct it without big publicity stunts or yet another reboot (which we're going to do at the end of the year anyway).
DC publicists suck.

"We're going to announce major DC character as gay!" Ok...well, not really, since it's in a book that has a limited run, that's set in another universe that we're experimenting with because we fucked up the main DC universe (again) and don't know how to correct it without big publicity stunts or yet another reboot (which we're going to do at the end of the year anyway).
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7:42PM on 06/01/2012
i think this article is missing an important part, the writer's reasoning behind the change. When DC rebooted, they made characters like Alan Scott young again, which erased Alan Scott's son (who was gay) from continuity. The writer saw that they lost diversity and he didn't think that was right. I have no problem with this, I think it's a good thing. It seems to me that the writer made this decision for the right reasons, and the upper folks at DC didn't stop him. Yeah they plugged it to
i think this article is missing an important part, the writer's reasoning behind the change. When DC rebooted, they made characters like Alan Scott young again, which erased Alan Scott's son (who was gay) from continuity. The writer saw that they lost diversity and he didn't think that was right. I have no problem with this, I think it's a good thing. It seems to me that the writer made this decision for the right reasons, and the upper folks at DC didn't stop him. Yeah they plugged it to news outlets, but comic companies have been doing this since the first black superhero.
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7:39PM on 06/01/2012
I would say this was a bold move on the part of DC Comics if I didn't firmly believe that the sole motivation behind it was the hopes of a few moments of free publicity in the mainstream press.
I would say this was a bold move on the part of DC Comics if I didn't firmly believe that the sole motivation behind it was the hopes of a few moments of free publicity in the mainstream press.
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7:26PM on 06/01/2012

Yeah Northstar...

Someone beat me to it...not only did he come out but they did it as a means to tackle both the topic of sexuality AND AIDS like what, a decade ago? That and they did it with style, didn't feel like a market grab like this. Fuck the New 52 and this halfass moneygrab, they are seriously running out of ideas (I'm still annoyed they brought back Jason fucking Todd and the stupid Robin Bruce clone bullshit Ben Parker or whatever).

BTW, congrats to Northstar, hear he's getting married this year.
Someone beat me to it...not only did he come out but they did it as a means to tackle both the topic of sexuality AND AIDS like what, a decade ago? That and they did it with style, didn't feel like a market grab like this. Fuck the New 52 and this halfass moneygrab, they are seriously running out of ideas (I'm still annoyed they brought back Jason fucking Todd and the stupid Robin Bruce clone bullshit Ben Parker or whatever).

BTW, congrats to Northstar, hear he's getting married this year.
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7:26PM on 06/01/2012
I'm loving the comments from all the self-righteous bigots talking about how this is gonna ruin our society. (not so much here cuz were awesome, but on USA today and the like)

I'm not a huge fan of changing existing characters just so everyone feels included, it's just like giving every kid a trophy in little league. Why not just try to create a new relevant character?
I'm loving the comments from all the self-righteous bigots talking about how this is gonna ruin our society. (not so much here cuz were awesome, but on USA today and the like)

I'm not a huge fan of changing existing characters just so everyone feels included, it's just like giving every kid a trophy in little league. Why not just try to create a new relevant character?
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7:29PM on 06/01/2012
I totally agree...but a new character wouldn't have an existing fanbase..all about the green...
I totally agree...but a new character wouldn't have an existing fanbase..all about the green...
7:46PM on 06/01/2012
Very true, that's why they'd hafta try to make the character relevant. Implement them as an important character as well as make them cool and likable.
Very true, that's why they'd hafta try to make the character relevant. Implement them as an important character as well as make them cool and likable.
7:17PM on 06/01/2012
...cuz being gay and vulnerable to wood invites way too many jokes
...cuz being gay and vulnerable to wood invites way too many jokes
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4:47AM on 06/02/2012
That sir, comedic gold.
That sir, comedic gold.
7:06PM on 06/01/2012

Oh Shite!

Oh for the love of Pete!
Oh for the love of Pete!
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6:50PM on 06/01/2012

This is gonna spawn memes for a long time

hehe I can just imagine if comic book characters could meet the people who write the stories for them.

Writer: "Hey green lantern I got good news for you. Something that is gonna improve your storyline."
Green lantern: "What is it exactly?"
Writer: "You're gay!"
Green lantern: "WHAT?! First I can't get lucky with super girl and now this!"
Writer: "Well we are taking out your allergy to wood."
Green lantern: "..... You gotta be kidding me."
hehe I can just imagine if comic book characters could meet the people who write the stories for them.

Writer: "Hey green lantern I got good news for you. Something that is gonna improve your storyline."
Green lantern: "What is it exactly?"
Writer: "You're gay!"
Green lantern: "WHAT?! First I can't get lucky with super girl and now this!"
Writer: "Well we are taking out your allergy to wood."
Green lantern: "..... You gotta be kidding me."
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6:43PM on 06/01/2012
Somewhere in Gotham City Robin is getting pretty excited
Somewhere in Gotham City Robin is getting pretty excited
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6:35PM on 06/01/2012

heh

Hasn't Northstar in Marvel Comics been openly gay for years? DC's falling behind.
Hasn't Northstar in Marvel Comics been openly gay for years? DC's falling behind.
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9:05AM on 06/03/2012
Yes he has and Northstar proposed to his partner in "Astonishing X-Men" #50 and will be tying the knot in #51. DC threw this bit out so they wouldn't be upstaged.
Yes he has and Northstar proposed to his partner in "Astonishing X-Men" #50 and will be tying the knot in #51. DC threw this bit out so they wouldn't be upstaged.
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6:32PM on 06/01/2012

Well duh!

Of course he isn't allergic to wood!
Of course he isn't allergic to wood!
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6:52PM on 06/01/2012
That is too funny!
That is too funny!
6:26PM on 06/01/2012

Huge GL fan, I'm cool with it.

But it's not like DC did it as a reaction to Marvel marrying two gay mutants, these things take time to happen (even Robinson has said it's been in the works for like 8 months) if a book a month from now announced it's character was gay THEN that might be a reaction to Marvel. It takes time to write and draw and print a book.
But it's not like DC did it as a reaction to Marvel marrying two gay mutants, these things take time to happen (even Robinson has said it's been in the works for like 8 months) if a book a month from now announced it's character was gay THEN that might be a reaction to Marvel. It takes time to write and draw and print a book.
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6:10PM on 06/01/2012
It's about time. You would think one of these dudes would be gay. Now for a movie with a gay superhero. I would like for Blade to be gay. All that aggression, but then he's secretly hot for delicious vampire butt. C'mon man!
It's about time. You would think one of these dudes would be gay. Now for a movie with a gay superhero. I would like for Blade to be gay. All that aggression, but then he's secretly hot for delicious vampire butt. C'mon man!
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4:22AM on 06/02/2012
You should have said vampire DICK. The attempt at humor would have made more sense.
You should have said vampire DICK. The attempt at humor would have made more sense.
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6:10PM on 06/01/2012

Ugh.

I take a bit of an issue with this. First off this seems like a reactionary thing to the same sex wedding at Marvel. Secondly, why choose an "earth 2" version of anyone? The Earth Two versions are totally the "not legit" versions. And thirdly, having a gay comic book character, in my opinion, shouldn't be this big new epic thing that's promoted as an event. It should just be, like any romance in comics, an everyday, run of the mill thing.
I'm not saying every character has to be gay, I'm just
I take a bit of an issue with this. First off this seems like a reactionary thing to the same sex wedding at Marvel. Secondly, why choose an "earth 2" version of anyone? The Earth Two versions are totally the "not legit" versions. And thirdly, having a gay comic book character, in my opinion, shouldn't be this big new epic thing that's promoted as an event. It should just be, like any romance in comics, an everyday, run of the mill thing.
I'm not saying every character has to be gay, I'm just saying that if one of the character has turned out to be gay (and it should be a natural occurrence of character, not an out of left field PR stunt), then it should just be a non-advertised story element, treated the same as any other heterosexual romance.
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to have characters of any sexual preference in comics, I'm even happy to have the comic be proud to promote some successful romantic stories that just happen to involve gay characters. I just feel that this is all a bit "GUESS WHO'S A GAY...BUY OUR SHOCKING NEW ISSUE!!" kind of mentality.
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6:13PM on 06/01/2012
I agree with this 100%. There's no motivation for this move except for DC to compete with Marvel. It's dumb.
I agree with this 100%. There's no motivation for this move except for DC to compete with Marvel. It's dumb.
6:29PM on 06/01/2012
So Miles Morales is the totally "not legit" Spider-man too? Right?
So Miles Morales is the totally "not legit" Spider-man too? Right?
7:31PM on 06/01/2012
"GUESS WHO'S A GAY...BUY OUR SHOCKING NEW ISSUE!!" <--- remember back in the day this would come in like 5 different chromium cover versions, limited edition, etc...lol...
"GUESS WHO'S A GAY...BUY OUR SHOCKING NEW ISSUE!!" <--- remember back in the day this would come in like 5 different chromium cover versions, limited edition, etc...lol...
6:07PM on 06/01/2012
I don't mind having a superhero who is openly gay, but I just don't like the fact that they PURPOSELY wanted to introduce a gay superhero. It's as if DC Comics is trying to be "cool" or "hip" with competing against Marvel over gay superheroes. If he were always gay and the topic was brought up long ago then I would have no problem. I just don't like the fact that they saw what Marvel did and THEN decided to go back and make Green Lantern an openly gay superhero. The whole process just
I don't mind having a superhero who is openly gay, but I just don't like the fact that they PURPOSELY wanted to introduce a gay superhero. It's as if DC Comics is trying to be "cool" or "hip" with competing against Marvel over gay superheroes. If he were always gay and the topic was brought up long ago then I would have no problem. I just don't like the fact that they saw what Marvel did and THEN decided to go back and make Green Lantern an openly gay superhero. The whole process just irritates me.

With this news though it doesn't make Green Lantern any less badass, heroic, and cooler than he already is. Green Lantern will always be one of my favorite (if not my most favorite) superheroes.
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6:11PM on 06/01/2012
It seems we commented the same thing at the same time. Kudos sir.
It seems we commented the same thing at the same time. Kudos sir.
6:14PM on 06/01/2012
It's nice to have someone on here who feels the same as I do for a change. Kudos to you sir.
It's nice to have someone on here who feels the same as I do for a change. Kudos to you sir.
5:56PM on 06/01/2012

Good for DC!

I think it's great that they're introducing a major gay character into the DC universe.
I think it's great that they're introducing a major gay character into the DC universe.
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