DC reveals the first Green Lantern is a gay man

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DC Comics recently announced one of their big superheroes was going to come out of the closet, and now we know who it is: The first Green Lantern, Alan Scott. Well, a rebooted, alternate universe of him, anyway. Whew! Ryan Reynolds' role as Hal Jordan won't hold any surprises!

James Robinson, the writer for the upcoming series Earth 2, says he was really pumped about the idea: "The original version of Alan Scott was an older man, and he had a superpowered son, Obsidian, who was gay. The fact that Scott was young now (thanks to a universe-wide reboot) meant Obsidian no longer existed," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I thought it was a shame that DC was losing such a positive gay character. I said, "Why not make Alan Scott gay?'"

But while some fanboys freak out about it -- The Juice* doesn't care, because Warren Ellis made The Authority's Midnighter and Apollo a gay couple way back in 1999 -- Robinson says it's not that integral a part of the story, even if it's central to the character.

"I want to stress that Alan Scott is a gay man, but that’s just a part of who he is," he said. "He's a businessman. He's a hero. He's a lot of different things. His sexuality is a part of him, but it isn't his defining trait. He's an interesting, complex character that I think people will respond to on many levels. He's the epitome of heroism. And I hope that he’s a positive representation of a gay man." And we hope that his movie will be much better than the last one.

[Photo: DC Entertainment]

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