Up, out, and away. DC Comics has officially announced Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, is back as the latest gay superhero.
Rebooted as a younger version of his Golden Age counterpart as part of DC's ongoing relaunch of superhero titles, Scott's sexuality won't be a prominent storyline.
Writer James Robinson told the New York Post, "He's very much the character he was. He's still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He's also gay."
Robinson wanted to show gays "in a positive light for people who might be a little more small-minded." No doubt he was referencing anti-gay groups like One Million Moms, who protested the announcement.
With characters from Archie to Marvel having come out this past year, it's not hard to imagine others leaving the closet soon.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Self-Made Man
The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
The GOP Senate Candidate in Iowa Doesn’t Want Voters to Know Just How Conservative She Really Is
Does Your Child Have “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo”? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?
Naomi Klein Is Wrong
Multinational corporations are doing more than governments to halt climate change.
The Strange History of Wives Gazing at Their Husbands in Political Ads
Transparent is the fall’s only great new show.
Lena Dunham, the Book
More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.