Dean Cain, who portrayed the Man of Steel in the 1990s television show “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” is calling out DC Comics for “bandwagoning” for depicting the latest iteration of the superhero as bisexual.
The actor turned political commentator shared the criticism during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” just one day after the comic book creator announced it is going in a “bold new direction” by depicting Jon Kent — the son of the original Superman, Clark Kent — as a bisexual man who strikes up a romantic relationship with male reporter Jay Nakamura.
Cain, though, doesn’t see the development as bold or brave.
“If they had done this 20 years ago,” he said, “perhaps that would be bold or brave. But brave would be having him fight for the rights of gay people in Iran, where they’ll throw you off a building for the offense of being gay.”
The actor asked “who’s really shocked” about the direction when other superheroes, like DC’s Robin and Marvel’s Captain America, are bisexual and homosexual, respectively.
“They’re talking about having him fight climate change and the deportation of refugees and he’s dating a hacktivist — whatever a hactivist is,” Dean continued. “Why don’t they have him fight the injustices that created the refugees whose deportation he’s protesting? That would be brave, I’d read that.”
“Or fighting for the rights of women to attend school and have the ability to work and live and boys not to be raped by men under the new warm and fuzzy Taliban — that would be brave,” he continued. “There’s real evil in this world today, real corruption and government overreach, plenty of things to fight against. Human trafficking — real and actual slavery going on… It’d be great to tackle those issues.”
The writer of the new comic books, Tom Taylor, said “everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes,” adding he’s “grateful DC and Warner Bros. shared this idea.”
Additionally, the series’ artist, John Timms, said he’s “honored” to work on the project because it shows “Jon Kent tacking his most complex modern life.”
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