British actor and TV presenter Christopher Biggins spoke out in opposition to DC Comics’ new Superman being revealed as a bisexual man.
The comedian e book writer introduced on Monday that the son of Lois Lane and Clark Kent, Jon, who not too long ago joined his dad as Superman, will start a relationship with a male good friend in an upcoming concern.
Talking on “Good Morning Britain,” Biggins, who’s homosexual, stated that he wasn’t in favor of turning Superman right into a bisexual man. As an alternative, he argued that illustration for the LGBTQ+ group ought to come within the type of a brand new, authentic character.
“If you wish to do one thing like this, do one thing authentic, don’t take characters that exist already and make them into one thing they’re not,” he explained.
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Biggins added: “I feel it is vital that we proceed to do this and never pander to the woke system.”
Nonetheless, one of many hosts famous that Biggins’ opinion on the matter appeared to stem from a misunderstanding of what DC really introduced. Clark Kent, who was first launched as Superman in 1938, just isn’t the individual being revealed as bisexual. As an alternative, it’s his son. The host notes that nobody is altering their sexual id or revealing they’ve been hiding one thing for years. Jon Kent is simply 17 within the comedian “Superman: Son of Kal-El.” After spending a while as Superboy, his father inspired him to tackle the “Superman” title with him.
In response, Biggins doubled down on his assertion that DC ought to create new characters which might be a part of the LGBTQ+ group.
“I do discover it completely weird that that is what individuals need these days,” Biggins responded. “Why can’t we keep on with what we’ve had and been given? Why don’t they do some new characters, why don’t they create one thing new, one thing totally different, then go to a personality everyone knows, all of us love and everyone knows as this?”
DC has a prolonged roster of authentic characters who don’t determine as heterosexual. In recent times, notable characters reminiscent of Batwoman, John Constantine, Captain Chilly, a brand new model of Robin and the brand new individual taking over the mantle of Aquaman have all been confirmed as LGBTQ+ characters.
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The New York Occasions famous in an interview with the brand new comedian e book’s author that, whereas there have been many comedian e book characters who’ve come out not too long ago, somebody as high-profile as Superman marks a major second for the LGBTQ+ group in comedian historical past.
Biggins feedback echo these made by actor Dean Cain on “Fox & Mates” Tuesday the place he too derided the choice to make the brand new Superman bisexual as “bandwagoning.”
“I don’t assume it’s daring or courageous or some loopy new route. If they’d achieved this 20 years in the past, maybe that will be daring or courageous,” he stated. “However courageous can be having him battle for the rights of homosexual individuals in Iran the place they’ll throw you off a constructing for the offense of being homosexual.”
In an upcoming concern, Jon will take after his father when he begins a relationship with an up-and-coming journalist named Jay Nakamura.
In response to the announcement from DC Comics, the 2 initially turned buddies when Jon was attempting at having a secret id as a highschool scholar. Nonetheless, in “Superman: Son of Kal-El” quantity 5, the 2 will share a kiss after Superman turns into mentally and bodily burnt out from making an attempt to save lots of everybody he probably can.
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“I’ve all the time stated everybody wants heroes and everybody deserves to see themselves of their heroes and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this concept,” stated author Tom Taylor. “Superman’s image has all the time stood for hope, for fact and for justice. In the present day, that image represents one thing extra. In the present day, extra individuals can see themselves in essentially the most highly effective superhero in comics.”
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Artist John Timms added: “I am extremely honored to be working beside Tom on the ‘Superman: Son of Kal-El’ sequence displaying Jon Kent tackling his advanced trendy life, whereas additionally saving the world from its best threats, villains and menaces.”