Superman to Captain America: DC, Marvel and their new LGBTQ superheroes


 | Updated: Oct 25, 2021, 02:22 PM IST

For countless years, there has been a lack of queer characters in the superhero universe. Luckily, that’s changing now as Marvel and DC, who have dozen comic book characters, are finally reimagining old characters as queer and introducing brand new characters for us to love.

From Superman to Robin, Batman's sidekick, this year, DC and Marvel, both have introduced us to many LGBTQ superheroes. Scroll down to check the list. 


No, Superman Clark Kent hasn’t come out, but his son, Jon Kent, would come out as bisexual. 

In 'Superman: Son of Kal-El', Jonathan falls for high-school reporter Jay Nakamura. The young man kisses reporter Nakamura in issue five of the comic book,  which will be released on Nov. 9.

"It's not a gimmick," the writer, Tom Taylor, said in an interview from Melbourne, Australia, wearing a T-shirt with a rainbow-striped Superman logo.



Loki’s sexuality has been a question of debate for a long time, but earlier this year, Marvel revealed that God of Mischief is both pansexual and gender-fluid.

Tom Hiddleston's character is the first major queer character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). 


Batman and Robin

Robin, Batman’s sidekick, has come out as bisexual. In the latest edition of 'Batman: Urban Legends', Robin, aka Tim Drake, has revealed his sexual identity when he accepts an invitation to go on a date with a man. 


Javicia Leslie as 'Batwomen'

Batwoman aka Kate Kane was first introduced into the DC Extended Universe in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman. However, she was reintroduced by writer Greg Rucka in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent.

Later, Australian actress and model Ruby Rose, become the first openly lesbian lead superhero on US television as she starred in the CW’s 'Batwoman' series

After Ruby stepped back from the role, Javica Leslie, who is also bisexual, took the role of caped and cowl superhero in CW television for the second season, playing a brand new character, Ryan Wilder.



Well, with Chloe Zhao's 'Eternals', MCU is all set to get its first openly gay character in Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos. He is going to have a husband and child making it the first LGBTQ+ family.


The Flash

Adding a new name to a growing group of nonbinary superheroes, DC Comics introduced a nonbinary version of the Flash during a major comic-book crossover event earlier this year. Jess Chambers, aka Kid Quick, is the nonbinary, gender-fluid character who uses they/them pronouns.

The character will debut as part of an alternate-universe version of the Teen Titans in 'DC’s Merry Multiverse,' a holiday-themed comic book anthology landing in stores on Dec. 9.


Green Lantern

One of DC Comics oldest heroes is coming out. The 'Green Lantern' TV series currently in the works for HBO Max will, indeed, feature a gay version of the iconic DC Comics superhero. The show has been in the works for some time now and as per the reports Finn Wittrock recently signed on to play Guy Gardner, just one of the versions of the character who will be part of the festivities. But another yet-to-be-cast actor will be playing a different version, who will be an open member of the LGBTQ community.


Captain America

Marvel Comics introduced gay Captain America for the first time in the 80-year history of the comic book series. The character, Aaron Fischer, was described by Marvel as its “new LGBTQ+ hero.”  who’ve followed the footsteps of the original Captain America, Steve Rogers. 

Fischer made his debut in a limited series titled 'The United States of Captain America'.  Fischer, 'the Captain America of the Railways,' described in a release as “a fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the unhoused.”