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Friday, June 1, 2012

Green Lantern is Gay. Zzzz.

Although this blog is mostly Catholic and Southern, since Brad gave me the secret password to do blogging, I gotta throw in comics every once in a day. The latest morality meets comics story bears some mention.

DC Comics announced that they would reveal one of their iconic heroes as "gay". After much speculation and hand-wringing, the company revealed that the gay superhero is THE GREEN LANTERN.


No. Not that one. The one portrayed by Ryan Reynolds is Hal Jordan, of Earth-One, and the Green Lantern of sector 2814. He's not gay.

Alan Scott, the original Golden Age Green Lantern, is gay.

But not that Alan Scott, who up until recently had a gay son who was also the hero, Obsidian, in the DC Universe (or as we nerdlings say, "DCU").


He also had a weakness. Wood. Wood was his weakness. Moving on.

The gay Green Lantern Alan Scott is a rebooted Green Lantern for the comic company's new "52" lineup. "52" is DC's way of being hip and updated for the kids. Alan Scott, who in the original DCU was a radio mogul, is now a multi-media CEO. James Robinson, a writer for DC Comics, explains the "new" Alan:

He’s a giant of the media industry. By getting involved in communication, the news, and the Internet, he’s become a billionaire. He’s kind of a cross between Mark Zuckerberg and David Geffen. The original Alan Scott owned a radio station in the ’40s and ’50s, so he was a media giant then. He was this bold, heroic, brave man who took control, who would risk his life for you and be this emerald knight that was always there to protect the world. The Alan Scott I’m doing now is that same dynamic, brave, honorable man. A man that you’d want guarding your welfare, your children, your life, your home. He’s willing to give his life for the world. He’s everything you want in a hero. And he happens to be gay. So really, apart from his sexuality, there isn’t that much of a difference.
And "he happens to be gay"? He may "happen" to be gay but it's not like SOME COMIC BOOK COMPANY DIDN'T MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT THROUGH EVERY MEDIA SOURCE EVER. Happens to be gay is like something that people talk about at the office behind his back, like Batman saying to Aquaman, "You ever hear Al talk about girls? Not that it matters. Just wondered." And Aquaman saying, "I dunno. He's kinda private. May be gay. Who cares." Then Batman is all, "Oh, I'm not saying it's bad or anything. I don't care. Just saying. Is all. You know. I like the guy."  That's "happening" to be gay.

However, for all it's bluster, the build-up to the "outing" falls flat at the big reveal. Unless he appears in the next Green Lantern movie in a cameo (yes, I wanna another Green Lantern movie. I'm that ONE guy who liked it.), there won't be much of a buzz about it.

So Green Lantern, not the Ryan Reynolds one, but the classic one, but a new classic one, is gay. Ta-dah.
And the introductory image that DC is putting out is one of him...in flames. Sigh.

Yeah, I went there.