June 01, 2012 09:09:03 GMT
Alan Scott, who is the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern, is depicted as a homosexual in the latest issue of 'Earth 2' series.
Another superhero comes out of the closet. After Marvel Comics revealed its plans to write a first ever gay wedding between its superheroes in "Astonishing X-Men", DC Comics has now confirmed that it relaunches the original Green Lantern aka Alan Scott as a gay in the second issue of "Earth 2", which is going to be published Wednesday, June 6.
"He's going to be the leader of the team, this dynamic hero, he'll do anything to save people, the bravest man on the planet. Why not just make him gay as well?" said "Earth 2" writer James Robinson of the character who first appeared in a 1940 issue of "All-American Comics".
Robinson went on reasoning, "The original version of Alan Scott was an older man, and he had a superpowered son, Obsidian, who was gay. The fact that Scott was young now [thanks to a universe-wide reboot] meant Obsidian no longer existed. I thought it was a shame that DC was losing such a positive gay character. I said, 'Why not make Alan Scott gay?' " He additionally claimed that DC co-publisher Dan DiDio did not show any hesitation when he proposed the idea.
Describing further about the new Alan Scott, Robinson dished on, "He's a giant of the media industry. By getting involved in communication, the news, and the Internet, he's become a billionaire. He's kind of a cross between Mark Zuckerberg and David Geffen. The original Alan Scott owned a radio station in the '40s and '50s, so he was a media giant then. He was this bold, heroic, brave man who took control, who would risk his life for you and be this emerald knight that was always there to protect the world."
"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. He's willing to give his life for the world. He's everything you want in a hero. And he happens to be gay," Robinson added. "So really, apart from his sexuality, there isn't that much of a difference."