Back in late 2020 we reported that HBO Max’s reboot series of the Green Lantern will feature the first Green Lantern character, Alan Scott – and, like in the Earth-2 comics, the character will be openly gay. But now it looks like DC is pushing Alan Scott back into the closet and out of the series and will now will instead be about John Stewart, one of DC’s first Black superheroes.
When the Warner Bros./Discovery Merger happened earlier this year, the project’s status was up in the air, as many shows in development, including Kevin Smith’s Strange Adventures show, were canceled. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the show was still on track, just changed.
Marc Guggenheim, former writer for HBO’s Green LanternTV series, broke his silence about the show’soverhaul and admitted he had complicated feelings about it: “I haven’t had much to do with the series for the past year or so. Nevertheless, my feelings about this development (or, I suppose, redevelopment) are… complex. However, my feelings about the writing staff — Elizabeth Hunter, Sara Saedi, Pornsak Pichetshote, Juan Carlos Fernandez, Geoff Johns, Lamont Magee, Kirsten Pierre, and Jabari McDonald — are anything but. Showrunner Seth Grahame-Smith and I assembled a group of incredible writers and terrific human beings whose voices were as layered and diverse as the show we originally set out to make. Although this version of Green Lantern won’t be breaking out of orbit, I’ll always be grateful that these wonderful folks ended up in mine.
The original premise for the series reinvented the classic DC property through a story spanning decades and galaxies, beginning on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern, secretly gay FBI agent Alan Scott (Irvine), and 1984, with cocky alpha male Guy Gardner (Wittrock) and half-alien Bree Jarta.
Irvine and Wittrock are no longer attached to the project.
Doom Patrol — the second series to debut on DC Comics streaming service follows a group of strange, misfit heroes premiered yesterday and the reviews are pretty damn good.
“More TV superheroes, just what the world needs. Have you hung yourself yet?” the unseen narrator (Alan Tudyk) sneers in the opening seconds of this unabashedly nihilistic and meta blend of superhero dramatics and absurdist comedy.
As this extended trailer below reveals, the team is brought together by a man named Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton).
The team consists of Robotman aka Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (April Bowbly), and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero).
The trailer gives brief synopses of our heroes’ backstories, such as Matt Bomer’s character Larry, who was a military man having an illicit gay affair behind his wife’s back before his accident.
The Doom Patrol first appeared in DC Comics in 1963.
CW Seed has announced today that it will debut a new animated series with Freedom Fighters: The Ray, based on the DC Comics character. Inspired by the Grant Morrison version found in the pages of The Multiversity, The Ray will be the first gay superhero to lead a show when he debuts in 2017.
Based on the characters from DC, Freedom Fighters: The Ray is from Berlanti Productions in association with Blue Ribbon Content, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow) and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow).
Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice – he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.
The first Ray was Lanford “Happy” Terrill, a Quality Comics character. Quality Comics operated from 1937 to 1956. when DC purchased themHappy Terrill was retconned as a member of the Freedom Fighters on Earth-X.Following DC altering much of its continuity and history in the storyline Crisis on Infinite Earths, Happy Terrill was now an inhabitant of the mainstream DC Comics universe and his son Ray Terrill became the second Ray. Later, the character Stan Silver briefly operated as the third hero called “the Ray.” In the “New 52” relaunch of DC Comics, where continuity and history is again being restructured, a new character called Lucien Gates is introduced as the Ray. Although historically he is the fourth superhero character to use this name, in The Ray #1 (2012), set in a rebooted continuity, he refers to the origin of Happy Terrill as a story he had heard as a child.
Aqualad, who was traditionally Aquaman’s teen sidekick, debuted in the DC Comic series in 1960. He was Garth, a mutant outcast from Atlantis who later joined up in a minor role with Robin, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash as the crime-fighting Teen Titans.
In 2010, DC introduced a new African-American version of Aqualad, Jackson Hyde, in both the comics and the Young Justice cartoon on Cartoon Network who could manipulate water and was the son of Aquaman’s evil foe the Black Manta.
Now in the 2016, DC Comics reboot of its superhero universe (once again) on Wednesday with DC Universe: Rebirth No. 1, we are introduced to a “new” Aqualad, A young black man identified as “Jackson” who is confronted by his mother, who says what he does isn’t “normal.”
When he asks if she means what he can do in the water, she says “no, I’m talking about the boys.”
“It’s not boys, mom, it’s boy. As in my boyfriend,” he replies, staring into an aquarium. “And in all of this, its who I am—even if I don’t know why.”
DC comics recently has axed gay crime fighter Midnighter and their gay alternate universe version of the Green Lantern.
Fans of the character and comic claim that DC Comics itself is to blame for not really caring about the comics run. While the reviews for Midnighter have been nothing but positive, the company itself was the brunt of quite a bit of homophobic backlash online when they first announced the gay superheroes run last summer and afterwards did nothing to promote the comic. Not even in the LGBT and gay-geek community.
The character of Midnighter first appeared in Stormwatch (vol. 2) No. 4, in 1998 before appearing in various other comics before getting his own title in June of 2015.
Warren Ellis described Midnighter as “The Shadow by way of John Woo”. Midnighter is rarely seen without his costume and mask. With recurring themes in Midnighter’s adventures being about his love of violence and killing, as well as comments on his sexuality.
In his 2015 stand alone comic run, Midnighter having broken up with (husband) Apollo, has to come to terms with being newly single, as well as tracking down a thief who stole exotic technology from the God Garden and is openly selling it to different individuals. Amongst the items stolen are files containing the origin of who Midnighter really was before the Gardener abducted and created him. After teaming up with Spyral agent Dick Grayson (yes Robin gone rouge) to track down Russian vampire thrill-killers.
It’s reported that in the last issue of comic will reunite Midnighter with his superhero ex, Apollo, and together they will battle his evil creator, Henry Bendix.
In 2013, ComicsAlliance ranked Midnighter as #17 on their list of the “50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics”.
In the 2003 issue of Supergirl Vol. 4 #79 which takes place on an alternate Earth One timeline (don’t ask) where Superman is exposed to Pink Kryptonite that makes him “flamboyantly gay.”Superman is seen hitting on Jimmy Olsen because he’s the first man he sees.
“You know, Superman’s been acting awfully strange since being exposed to pink kryptonite. What do you think’s wrong with him’ Lois Lane asks in the issue.
Supergirl responds by saying: ‘Lois, you so don’t want to know,’ as Superman speaks to the young photographer Jimmy Olson.
‘Did I ever tell you how smashing you look in bowties, Jimmy? By the way, that’s a fabulous window treatment you’ve put together.’
Jimmy gulps, and goes ‘Gee… thanks I guess.’
Offensive then. Offensive now. But at least Jimmy Olsen almost finally got laid.
The storyline was written by Peter David who would go on to write for Aquaman and the Incredible Hulk.
DC Comic’s has forbidden that Kate Kane, the Batwoman, and Maggie Sawyer, her secret girlfriend, be married in the popular comic reboot after six months of intense fighting co-authors J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman, causing both Williams and Blackman to quit the comic, and to go public.
Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.
We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.
We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression.
Williams went on Twitter shortly afterwards to give the 145 character, straight to the point version:
“Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual- We fought to get them engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result”
Patrick Yacco of Geeks Out responds:
“DC’s track record over LGBT issues over the past few months has been radically hit or miss: they’ve published stories that included the first trans character from a major publisher, but also almost ran a Superman story written by now infamous homophobe Orson Scott Card Their competition is also on thin ice; a couple of books with LGBT characters from Marvel Comics are ending their run in the next couple of months, severely decreasing an already thin population (of LGBT characters)
DC’s resistance to publishing such a historic moment for queer women is nothing but disappointing and I hope this isn’t a downward trend in LGBT representation for the comic book industry. Nevertheless, I can’t thank JH Williams III and W Haden Blackman enough for their wonderful Batwoman stories and look forward to the next stages of their careers.”
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Following the fallout from the eleven issue comic book story arc Trinity War and “Forever Evil,” The D.C. comic Justice League America which was introduced in 1960 as The Justice League and featured such notable comic book heroes as Superman, Batman,Wonder Woman, Flash , Green Lantern, and Aquaman will be leaving American and moving North to Canada.
“In the spring, the current Justice League of America team goes through a dramatic change and some of the pieces that are left behind will evolve into this new Justice League Canada team.” said writer Jeff Lemire.
In the official announcement which will be made today at the Fan Expo Canada in Toronto Lemire, a Canadian native wouldn’t reveal the roster of Justice League Canada, but promises it will be a “dream team” comprised of A-list heroes and a few obscure characters. He’ll also introduce a new Canadian hero. “I’m trying to make a character that reflects a real part of our cultural identity, who could be a real Canadian teenager,That’s what I’m really after with that.” Plus, he’s reintroducing Adam Strange, who in the New 52 is Canadian.
“This is still very much set in the regular Justice League universe and the team will still have some of the bigger named superheroes, but they will actually be located in Canada now, and there will be a couple of new members who are Canadian. So obviously as a Canadian, and as a Canadian storyteller, it’s something I’m very proud of.” added Lemire.
My question is: Exactly how bad has America become when Superheros move to Canada, eh?
Graphic artist Chris Sprouse has pulled out of illustrating a DC Comics story that’s to be written by card-carrying homophobe, NOM Board Member and sci-fi writer Orson Scott
Card because of public outrage over Card’s involvement, AND, because of this Card’s story has been pulled from the first issue.
“It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I’ve decided to step back as the artist on this story,” Sprouse said in a statement released Tuesday. “The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever and I look forward to my next project with them.”
Due to the creative change, the Card story will not appear in the first collected issue out May 29. Instead, it will feature a story by writer Jeff Parker and artist Chris Samnee, as well as a tale by Jeff Lemire and one by writer Justin Jordan and artist Riley Rossmo.
DC is also looking for a replacement illustrator for Card’s story.
Since last week when Back2Stonewall.com broke the news that DC Comics had hired raging homophobe and anti-gay National Organization for Marriage Board member Orson Scott Card to write their digital-first series ‘Adventures of Superman’. Retailers are now responding with a backlash and refusing to carry any DC Comic penned by Card.
Meanwhile DC Comics is punting the problem by responding with a cop-out statement to the Advocate suggesting that they’ll keep him on “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.”
So by DC Comics deluded rationale it would be quite alright, for a Klansman, or an anti-Semite who actively participates and contributes to any hate agenda to write for them because it’s just thier “personal views.”
To quote Card, “Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn. Only when the marriage of heterosexuals has the support of the whole society can we have our best hope of raising each new generation to aspire to continue our civilization..”