Superman actor Dean Cain has accused the writers of “making a move” after he said the character’s latest incarnation would be bisexual.
In a comic book next month, Jon Kent – the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane – followed in his father’s footsteps and, in addition to saving the world, has fell in love with a journalist.
The storyline was announced on National Coming Out Day, an annual LGBTQ + awareness day.
But Cain, who starred alongside Teri Hatcher on The New Adventures of Superman in the 1990s, said it would have been a “brave” storyline 20 years ago, but not so now.
Cain, 55, told US show Fox & Friends: “They said this was a bold new direction. I say they’re on the train.
“I don’t think it’s daring or brave or crazy new leadership. If they had done that 20 years ago, maybe it would be daring or brave.
“But brave would be to make him fight for gay rights in Iran where they would throw you out of a building for homosexuality.”
The actor also appeared to refer to a recent story about the superhero battling refugee deportation, suggesting, “Why don’t they do it combat the injustices that created the refugees he protests against deportation? This would be brave, I read this.
“Or fight for the rights of women to go to school, work and live and boys not to be raped by men under the warm and fuzzy new Taliban.”
He added, “There is real evil in this world today, real corruption and overbreadth of government… It would be great to tackle these issues. I would love to see the character do that.”
The new screenplay is featured in Son of Kal-el # 5 by writer Tom Taylor and artist John Timms, released on November 9.
“I have always said that everyone needs heroes and that everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I am very grateful to DC and Warner Bros for sharing this idea,” Mr. Taylor said.
DC Creative Director and Publisher Jim Lee said they “couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story.”
He added, “We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another amazing example.”
This is the latest initiative from an industry that is gradually embracing greater diversity.
In August, DC Comics announced that Batman’s sidekick Robin is bisexual.
In an issue of the anthology series Batman: Urban Legends, boy prodigy Tim Drake – at least the third of four men to don the green and red tights alongside the caped crusader – agrees to a date with another boy .