Earlier this month, DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio revealed to a convention audience in the UK that a thought to be heterosexual DC superhero would be coming out of the closet.
Today, DC has confirmed the identity of the character.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the writer of Earth 2 James Robinson explains the change:
“The original version of Alan Scott (Green Lantern) 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?’ To Dan DiDio’s credit, when I suggested it to him, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation.”
Readers will be tipped off to Alan Scott’s sexuality early on in the comic when he gives his boyfriend a welcome home kiss.