Alan Scott, the first of several D.C. Comics comic book characters all known as the superhero Green Lantern, will be revealed as gay in an upcoming issue. The Green Lantern comic book series is a 52-year old franchise that was recently revived in the movies by actor Ryan Reynolds, who plays Hal Jordan, a subsequent Green Lantern character, who is not expected to be gay.
As The New Civil Rights Movement noted last week, the website Bleeding Cool believed Green Lantern was the expected character to be revealed as gay. Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston is now reporting the news — still, technically not officially confirmed — that the chosen D.C. Comics character to be gay is Green Lantern, and yesterday Johnston added that “at Phoenix Comic Con, I had a much stronger source confirm to me that, yes, it is indeed Alan Scott. On that basis I feel confident in calling it.”
Comic book fans are quick to note that the Alan Scott who is gay is actually an Alan Scott in what could be called an alternate universe, “Earth 2,” also known as a “reboot” of the D.C. universe. Further, he’s not quite as prominent a character as was promised. Still, seeing more LGBT characters in mainstream media is always good.
The original Alan Scott/Green Lantern character, also known as the the Golden Age Green Lantern, is best friends with the character of Jay Garrick, also known as the Flash. No word yet on if or when the gay Alan Scott will have a love interest.
For those unfamiliar with Alan Scott…
Alan Scott is the ORIGINAL Green Lantern introduced in July of 1940 in All-American Comics #16.
Scott was a charter member of the Justice Society Of America, beginning in All Star Comics #3 (Winter 1940). He served as the team’s second chairman, in #7, but departed following that issue and returned a few years later. He has been a key member of the group ever since, appearing in all three titles bearing the teams’ name.
After the reboot of the DC universe Alan Scott was first reintroduced in Earth-Two #1. So, I definitely can say alot of people are about to start rushing to pick that book up and retailers may just be bumping up their orders for #2.
“With any mention of homosexuality in mainstream United States comics forbidden by the Comics Code Authority (CCA) until 1989, earlier attempts at exploring these issues in the US took the form of subtle hints or subtext regarding a character’s sexual orientation,” Wikipedia notes.
For more, read “Five Reasons Green Lantern Could Be The Gay DC Comics Superhero.”
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