Ex-Superman actor condemns new DC bisexual hero

Illustration of Superman and male lover. Credit: DC Comics

Ex-Superman actor, Dean Cain, has begrudged DC Comics new Superman character as neither being a “bold” nor “brave” statement.

“I don’t think it’s bold or brave or some crazy new direction. I say they’re bandwagoning,” the 55-year-old, who played Superman on TV in the late 1990s, said on the weekday morning news show, Fox & Friends.

Cain made his thoughts clear on how he thought the comic book company ought to have done the superhero’s characterisation.

He said, “If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave. But brave would be having him fight for the rights of gay people in Iran.”

reported on Tuesday that DC Comics announced that the new Superman character, referred to as Superman of Earth — son of the original Superman, Clark Kent, and Lois Lane — will be bisexual and in a romantic relationship with a male reporter, Jay Nakamura.

Tom Taylor, who writes the comic’s story, has said that the move was intended as a way of enabling inclusivity.

Taylor said, “I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea.”

In disagreeing with the intent of the comic book’s writer, Cain said that having Superman “fight the injustices that created the refugees whose deportation he’s protesting” would be a more worthy plot twist.

The refugee problem cited by Cain is a newly added subplot in the comic book series.

“That would be brave, I’d read that,” Cain said. “Or fighting for the rights of women to attend school and work and live and boys not to be raped by men under the new warm and fuzzy Taliban.

He continued, “There’s real evil in this world today, real corruption and government overreach. It’d be great to tackle those issues. I’d like to see the character doing that.”

The new comic issue will be published on November 9.

In 1993, Cain played Superman in the television series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” The series ran for four seasons, ending in 1997.