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A few weeks ago, DC Comics teased that one of their big-name superheroes was going to come out as gay in the pages of an upcoming comic book -- and now that hero's secret identity has been revealed. It is... Green Lantern!
It is not, however, the Hal Jordan/Green Lantern character played by Ryan Reynolds in 2011's Green Lantern. Instead it is Alan Scott, a.k.a. the original green-ring-wearing do-gooder, who is now a lead character in DC's new alternate universe comic line Earth 2.
When Entertainment Weekly caught up with Earth 2 writer James Robinson, the comics author revealed that the decision to make Scott gay was quite an easy one.
"The Alan Scott I'm doing now is that same dynamic, brave, honorable man. A man that you'd want guarding your welfare, your children, your life, your home," Robinson says. "He's willing to give his life for the world. He's everything you want in a hero. And he happens to be gay. So really, apart from his sexuality, there isn't that much of a difference [between him and older versions]."
The big reason that DC opted to have Scott come out was because, in the other DC universe, Alan's superhero son Obsidian was gay. But since this version of the character is younger and doesn't have a son, Robinson thought it was important to keep that integral gay character in the story.
When DC co-publisher Dan DiDio revealed at a convention in England that one of their main superheroes would soon be coming out of the closet, the story was swept up in a media firestorm. But Robinson promises that sensationalizing it wasn't the intention, and that the inclusion of a gay character was just to have a more diverse team. That being said, he's happy for the positive response to the news.
"It's very gratifying to see the interest in this character and what we're doing. But I at least hope society is moving forward sanely and rationally, where people's diversity is accepted, not feared," says Robinson, who also wrote Starman -- which is famous for having one of the first gay-male kisses in comics.
"I want to stress that Alan Scott is a gay man, but that’s just a part of who he is," Robinson continues. "He's a businessman. He's a hero. He's a lot of different things. His sexuality is a part of him, but it isn't his defining trait. He's an interesting, complex character that I think people will respond to on many levels. He's the epitome of heroism. And I hope that he's a positive representation of a gay man."
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