A prominent DC Comics character will soon become gay, publisher Dan Didio revealed at a Kapow Comic Convention in London this past weekend. Although the comic book publisher has remained mum on the character's identity, fans have already been speculating on who this "prominent gay character" will be.
According to comic book website Bleeding Cool, DC Comics Vice President Bob Wayne indicated that the company's opinion on homosexuality "has evolved," just as President Barack Obama said of his opinion of same-sex marriage, which he supports
Didio added that now one of the existing comic book characters will become "one of our most prominent gay characters."
DC Comics has adjusted its stance on homosexuality, as it has previously said it would never change the sexuality of an existing character, but rather form an LGBT character from scratch.
"One of the things we're very focused on doing for these types of stories is rather than [change an existing] character, we want to make sure that this is the basis of who that character is right from the start," Didio said in an interview with The Advocate in July 2011.
"So if we're going to introduce a gay character in Teen Titans, we want to make it a new character and make sure that is an iatrical part of who he is, or who she is, right from the start so we can really lean and grow with her or him," he added.
Didio went on to tell The Advocate that the company does wish to cater to its homosexual audience.
"What we really wanted to do was show the diversity of our audience across the line of our books [...] Right now we have such a wide fan base and we wanted to create characters and stories that really reflected [that] fan base," he said of introducing an LGBT character.
According to MSN, Twitter users argue that Wonder Woman and Aquaman are the most likely candidates to "come out of the closet."
Another popular guess among fans has been Robin, Batman's trusty sidekick.
DC Comics is not the first comic book publisher to have a pro-gay stance. In 2010, Archie Comics introduced a gay character, Kevin Keller, who was then married to another man in a 2011 issue titled "Just Married."