Dean Cain Criticizes Superman Coming Out As Bisexual: ‘They’re Bandwagoning’
Former Superman actor Dean Cain has criticized DC Comics over their storyline about the new Superman coming out as bisexual.
“They said it’s a bold new direction, I say they’re bandwagoning,” he told Fox & Friends on Tuesday. “Robin just came out as bi — who’s really shocked about that one? The new Captain America is gay. My daughter in Supergirl, where I played the father, was gay. So I don’t think it’s bold or brave or some crazy new direction. If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave.”
Cain also went on to say that they could have taken the story in a different direction.
“Brave would be having him fighting for the rights of gay people in Iran where they’ll throw you off a building for the offense of being gay,” Cain continued. “They’re talking about having him fight climate change and the deportation of refugees, and he’s dating a hacktivist — whatever a hactivist is. Why don’t they have him fight the injustices that created the refugees whose deportation he’s protesting? That would be brave, I’d read that.”
The actor played Clark Kent/Superman on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman for four seasons.
The current Superman is Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent, who is filling in the role of Superman while his father is away fighting crime on a different planet. He will be coming out as bisexual in the Nov. 9 issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El.
The move has garnered both praise and criticism from fans, some of which are happy that the LGBTQ community will be receiving more representation in mainstream media, and others who consider the move “pandering.”
The storyline has even gotten the attention of Arizona state senator Wendy Rogers, who seemed to be unaware of the details of the story, thinking that Clark Kent is coming out and that it will be taking place in a film.
Superman loves Louis Lane. Period. Hollywood is trying to make Superman gay and he is not. Just rename the new version Thooperman so we can all know the difference and avoid seeing it.
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) October 11, 2021
Comic writer Tom Taylor is very happy about the decision and thinks that everyone deserves to be represented in the media they watch.
“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,” he said. “Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”
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