Earlier today, DC Comics announced Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, was coming out of the closet. Created more than seventy years ago by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell, the character fought crime with his trusty ring, got married and had children. The newest version will be a media mogul who does all of the typical Green Lantern things but comes home at night to a boyfriend.
The crime fighter has been reimagined numerous times before. He’s been given different jobs, different identities and even different personalities. Nothing about him has been stagnant, but obviously, coming out as gay is a little bit more of a headline than driving a different car. Thus, more than a few people have strong opinions.
Frequent protester One Million Moms has been up in arms all day, complaining that children don’t need to be brainwashed with gay-friendly ideology. Some less radical people also seem to be irritated that Alan Scott, who has never shown any preference for dudes before, would suddenly be written as a homosexual.
Comic books frequently inspire obsessive responses, but it’s unclear whether this controversy will be fleeting or follow DC Comics for years. Regardless, the studio seems hellbent on pushing forward on this course; so, expect to see plenty of new Alan Scott adventures alongside his boyfriend.
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