The speculation is over. One of DC’s Golden Age heroes is coming out. DC Comics revealed that original Green Lantern Alan Scott will be gay when he’s reintroduced in DC Comics The New 52. Earth 2 #2 by James Robinson out next week reveals Scott as the only Green Lantern of Earth 2. Today DC Comics revealed the new Alan Scott and a kiss with his boyfriend.
“I’m very proud to be introducing Alan Scott into DC COMICS-THE NEW 52,” said series writer James Robinson. “He was my favorite Golden Age character and one I’m very familiar with so I’m really excited to be updating him for a contemporary readership. However, I think old-time readers will be pleasantly surprised by how, in some ways, I’m trying to show the ‘classic’ Alan Scott at the same time. He’s still the same dynamic, heroic guy he was. He’s still the head of a media empire like he was in his prior version, but of course with the form of media changing and evolving with the times. And in many ways, his origin mirrors the original one also. Oh, and on Earth 2 there is only one Green Lantern, so Alan’s title is The Green Lantern. Alan’s sexuality is just one facet of him, along with his innate goodness, valor, charisma and skill at leadership that makes him the perfect man to wield the power of the green light in the world of Earth 2.”
“Before starting work on #1, the first document I had to work from was the character breakdowns for our primary players,” continued EARTH 2 artist Nicola Scott. “With Alan the brief was very clear. He needed to be a big, strapping, handsome man that everyone would instinctively follow and love. No short order but right up my alley. Alan strikes me as an incredibly open, honest and warm man, a natural leader and absolutely the right choice to be Guardian of the Earth. His sexuality is incidental. Every time I draw him I love him even more.”
Alan Scott was the Green Lantern of the 1940′s and 50′s and a member of the Justice Society. James Robinson chronicled a gay super hero before. Starman in 1990′s was a groundbreaking series for having a homosexual lead character. Judd Winnick wrote Green Lantern in the 1990′s starring Kyle Rayner with a gay intern named Terry Berg, who became a victim of gay bashing in the storyline.
The original Scott married a woman (Rose and Thorn were her dual identities) and they had two children who grew up to be Jade and Obsidian (a gay character) of Infinity Inc. Scott and other Golden Age heroes returned to the present to train the next generation of heroes in JSA.
Ladies man Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds on the big screen) is still the official Green Lantern of the main DC Comics or Earth 1.