(The Hill) – Police were sent in to protect the homes of several DC Comics artists this week after recent news that the current Superman is bisexual upset some fans.
DC’s current Superman, Jon Kent, the 17-year-old son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, came out bisexual in the latest installment of the series “Superman: Son of Kal-El,” where he kissed his boyfriend and was a “hacktivist” reporter Jay Nakamura.
Now the creators of this scene are under attack by part of the comic book fan base, and some protests have risen to the level of credible threats. DC officials have requested that Los Angeles police officers patrol the homes of several artists and production workers, as well as the studio itself, TMZ reported.
It is unclear which threats were made by whom, but none of them have been carried out, according to The New York Post.
DC announced in a teaser last month that Superman was coming out for the fifth installment of “Superman: Son of Kal-El,” which will hit comic bookstore shelves on November 9th.
“Over the years in this industry, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that queer characters and storylines have been turned down. Every time I felt like I was abandoning people I loved, ”writer Tom Taylor told IGN last month after the announcement.
“When asked if I wanted to write a new Superman with a new number 1 for the DC Universe, I knew that replacing Clark with another all-white savior could be a real missed opportunity,” he said at the time . “I’ve always said that everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes. Today comes Superman, the strongest superhero in the world. “
Today’s Superman is also more concerned with pressing social issues such as the climate crisis and the plight of asylum seekers than with threats from super villains.
Following DC’s announcement, critics immediately expressed their contempt for the superhero’s sexuality.
“Bisexual comics for children. You are literally trying to destroy America, ”said Josh Mandel, a Conservative politician in Ohio. wrote on Twitter.
Other reviewers include actor Dean Cain, who starred as Superman on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which aired from 1993-1997.
“They said it was a bold new direction,” Cain told Fox & Friends last month after the announcement. “I say they make a move.”
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