The Green Lantern Is Gay: Cute or Controversial?

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DC Comics has been promising to reveal that one of its more popular superheroes is gay, and they finally made the announcement: It's the Green Lantern. Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, is being reintroduced as a homosexual character in the second issue of the "Earth 2" series, part of a recent project designed to revive classic characters called "New 52."

Writer James Robinson explained, "[Scott'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. 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." So what do you think? Is the Green Lantern being gay a cute idea, or too controversial?

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  • carlton999 2012/06/02 04:40:40
    Alan Scott has been straight and married since his introduction in what, the 30's and 40's. And now they make him Gay! If DC wants a gay character introduce someone new and dont fool with someone with that much History.

    All they are trying to do any way is keep up with Marvel and their gay characters getting married.

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  • GLaDOS Arianne 2012/06/05 07:26:36 (edited)
    I still take issue with the loss of Jennie and Todd. Hopefully DC will get their heads out of their butts and go back to what they were. I want my Wall back. T-T
    issue loss jennie todd dc heads butts wall t-t
  • Arianne GLaDOS 2012/06/05 07:56:48
    Considering DC killed of LIAN in one of the continuities. and Roy is missing an arm...
  • GLaDOS Arianne 2012/06/05 19:55:48
    I'm pretty sure Roy has his arm back, though I thought that was a pretty cool story, that they kept him that way, same with Oracle being... well, Oracle, and not Batgirl, anymore, with none of that, "Bitch got shot, bitch got better," silliness.

    I thought the death of Lian was a good story point. Death, is really a good story point. Adds drama, happens, all that.
  • Arianne GLaDOS 2012/06/06 05:29:57
    True except I was actually a pretty big Lian fan. So I'm a bit biased in that.
  • GLaDOS Arianne 2012/06/06 06:07:34
    Yeah, I liked her, too, what little I saw of her. Thought she would've been a pretty cool adult.
  • diarslade Arianne 2012/06/05 07:37:31
    Well that's an alright attitude to take. It shows that you have some taste, and respect for what comics are. On a personal level though? I don't like this decision among many others that GLaDOS has already listed. (I think my biggest issue is actually Superman's new Bio-tech suit...god that is just a travesty.) Because of those I just won't spend my money on their comics...not until they put out stories worth reading anyway. Maybe that makes me a snob, but it's how I feel about it.
  • Arianne diarslade 2012/06/05 07:58:22
    I think I can understand where you're coming from. I don't read much of anything either unless it has a proper storyline.

    And I absolutely agree with you on that bio-tech suit...ugh. Now that is tragic.
  • diarslade Arianne 2012/06/05 08:16:29
    You get internet hugs. *hugs* someone else who gets it.
  • aslan 2012/06/04 09:55:33
    I have never heard of The Green Lantern, but this idea seems stupid!
  • mark 1 2012/06/04 09:34:25
  • Daniel 2012/06/04 08:17:37
    I never cuss on here but it's F()cK1n stupid
  • Skeptical Optimist 2012/06/04 07:46:00
    Skeptical Optimist
    Lame attempt to get attention because marvel is shining so bright. Marvel had many gay characters and nobody made a fuss. Mystic, Rogue, Angel, and several others were gay or bi for at one point. Big yawn for D.C.
  • GLaDOS Skeptic... 2012/06/05 05:50:39 (edited)
    Mystique. And when Colossus was made gay, there was some geek uproar about it.

    O_o When the heck was Rogue or Angel gay or bi?
  • GeorgeAMartini 2012/06/04 07:36:23
    I guess I'm not going to see any more Green Lantern films. Why did we need to know this?
  • GLaDOS GeorgeA... 2012/06/05 05:51:39
    Wrong Green Lantern.
  • GeorgeA... GLaDOS 2012/06/05 06:04:35
    What? Is there more than one?
  • GLaDOS GeorgeA... 2012/06/05 06:36:16
    Yes, there are, currently, five. Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern, who they have turned gay, who lives on Earth-2 with all of the other Golden Age heroes, and isn't a member of the Green Lantern Corps. And the four on Earth-1 who are members of the Green Lantern Corps (Hal Jordan, the one you were thinking, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner).
  • GeorgeA... GLaDOS 2012/06/05 21:04:55
    Thank you for the "history" lesson. :)
  • smitty GeorgeA... 2012/06/05 13:45:28 (edited)
    The original one fashioned the ring himself. It doesn't need the lantern to regen. He liked women too. I guess they forgot those issues when they had him step out of the closet.

    the gay pink lantern
  • egyptianpharaoh 2012/06/04 07:22:08
    loooooooooooooool gay hero
  • J P 2012/06/04 07:00:53 (edited)
    J P
    C'mon ...the obvious choice was Batman and Robin! obvious choice batman robin
  • miku ha... J P 2012/06/04 11:50:51
    miku hatsune
    LOL!!!! :D
  • lady_c5_loadmaster 2012/06/04 06:48:32
    They just should have come up with a new character instead of destroying my image of a character I grew up with.
  • kissmycheeks 2012/06/04 06:29:03
    If ur gay follow the ray. If ur straight refuse to hate.
    I see nothing wrong with a gay hero
  • SquirmM... kissmyc... 2012/06/04 11:39:02
    It's not the fact he is gay. It is the fact that they changed his whole story now. I would have been fine with a new superhero.
  • kissmyc... SquirmM... 2012/06/06 15:06:24
    I think change is good
  • weirdchickalert 2012/06/04 06:07:14
    I dont know why but im actually fine with the green lantern being gay.....although im not that big of a fan of him.
  • Gregortimski 2012/06/04 05:07:22
    In an anti-white destroying white populations globally which is genocide kind of way.

    Mass immigration,"assimilation",homo and other deviant propaganda pushed and wholesomeness debased ONLY in white countries.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.
  • Thunder Gregort... 2012/06/04 16:34:14
    Ok u r just stupid. wth are you talking about. Please!
  • SquirmMaster 2012/06/04 05:02:29
    ugg. Why? Can't they ever just leave something as it should be. Next they will throw away the whole Spiderman series and make a new one.
  • Alex SquirmM... 2012/06/04 07:01:21
    Because Superman is "too patriotic" and may offend people who hate America!
  • dodgex35 SquirmM... 2012/06/04 14:40:19
    They already have. 3-4 times now.
  • Epistemically Justified -- BN7 2012/06/04 04:30:30
    Epistemically Justified -- BN7
    Why not?

    Superheroes should represent all various types of people, and showcase their virtues and vices in a way that speaks to the reader -- a gay superhero should be no different.
  • GLaDOS Epistem... 2012/06/05 05:58:00 (edited)
    It would be nice if they actually made a gay superhero, instead of changing an established one without so much as a "Hmm, I might be gay" about it, and erasing his children (a daughter, and gay son), wife, and history.
  • Epistem... GLaDOS 2012/06/14 04:00:49
    Epistemically Justified -- BN7
    It's a comic alternate universe. I don't think this is uncommon.

    In X-Men, for example, I know there a multiple universes, some where some characters are married, aren't together anymore, or are dead. I don't see this as "changing" the character, but as writing the same character in a different story.
  • GLaDOS Epistem... 2012/06/14 07:54:33
    Sadly, this is the "main" universe for the golden oldies. And the New 52 is the DC Universe, at the moment. Hopefully, you're right, and the writers, and editors come to their senses, and just say the New 52 was all a bad dream, but, they've already stated that the New 52 is here to stay... hopefully not.
  • sally 2012/06/04 04:27:52
    Ugh....Stupid SH and your damn jumping screens...

    First of all, do your homework SH Hal Jordan was the original Green Lantern.

    This is so not cute at all, what's cute about a gay superhero? What's cute about a gay couple? Hell what's cute about a straight couple?

    Now why are they going to reboot his character like this? I find it so stupid and sad that they're going to throw away all of the life stories that Scott has gone through for the sake of appealing to gay audiences. If anything they're going to ruin the fandom because it's like the fans won't know who this guy is anymore.

    The idea is pretty lame.
  • GLaDOS sally 2012/06/05 05:59:24
    No, Hal Jordan was not the original Green Lantern. He was the original Green Lantern Corps. member in 1959. The original Green Lantern was Alan Scott, from 1940.
  • Redneck 2012/06/04 04:16:53
    Instead of The Green Lantern, now he's called the Butt Pirate.
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/06/04 04:11:56
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    it's an alternate universe; the characters are portrayed differently but aren't in anyway the REAL representations of who they really are

    not a big deal.

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