The gay pride movement may be gaining the support of a well-known superhero.
The Washington Post reported that the Green Lantern, one of DC Comics’ most enduring heroes, has been reintroduced as a proud and openly gay hero.
Even edgier for some comic lovers, the Green Lantern appears as the strongest and central character in DC comics' new fictional world.
In next week’s issue of “Earth 2,” writer James Robinson has collaborated with artist Nicola Scott in which Alan Scott, under the alias Green Lantern, tips the reader about his sexuality by sharing a romantic welcome home kiss with his boyfriend, according to the NY Post.
Robinson is no stranger to comics with gay heroes, known for writing DC’s “Starman,” which spotlighted a homosexual hero.
Robinson told the Post, “I hope he's a positive figure. If there's some kind of kid out there who's reading the comic and who's worried about the person he is, maybe it will give him a positive sense of who he is. Or maybe a different kid will read it and decide I don't need to bully some kind of kid in school,” adding that DC “signed off on it without hesitation.”
Robinson explained to CNN that the Green Lantern doesn’t have to come out in the comic; instead he is introduced as openly gay.
But that is only one aspect of his life; he is still everything readers want. “He’s super Gallant, he’ll die for the earth, he’ll die for its people, he’s everything you want in a hero,” said Robinson.
Robinson also notes that the Justice League’s acceptance of the Green Lantern's sexuality portrays a healthy representation of how a team works.
And what does this mean for actor Ryan Reynolds who recently portrayed Green Lantern on the big screen?
Nothing, according to Robinson. E! Online reports that Reynolds portrayed Hal Jordan, the second Green Lantern character. The now openly gay character is Alan Scott, who originated in the 1940s.