Nine months ago the rebooted characters proved controveral with traditionalists unhappy with the changes while commercially the new look proved a success as sales increased.
At the weekend, at a comic convention in London, Dan DiDio a co-publisher with DC Comics was questioned about homosexual and bisexual characters in the comic releases. He said, reports online suggest, that they had taken a new route with the personality of their heroes. Previously the idea was to introduce new lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters to stories rather than re-write the history of well-established names.
DiDio went on to suggest that the DC company is about to re-introduce a former heterosexual, as yet un-named returnee, who will become one of DC’s most prominent gay characters. Current returnees already in the storylines so are unlikely to be in line for a sexual preference switch includes Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.
Rival Marvel has already led the gay way with two gay characters in their Astonishing X-Men franchise currently involved in a storyline which will see them plan a same-sex wedding this year.
[Written by Ian Westhead]