Yesterday, when responding to ABC News queries, Courtney Simmons, DC Entertainment senior vice president of publicity, narrowed the list of potential characters who will come out of the closet in June.
The Intardwebz feeding frenzy kicked off this past weekend at Kapow in London, where Dan DiDio stated that the company is about to reintroduce a previously existing DC character who was previously straight and will now be “one of our most prominent gay characters.”
This statement was all the fodder Fox News and The Daily needed to start speculating that Superman or Batman would come out of the closet. If that were true, Fox would have a field day with this, as Fox affiliate, Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C., already made a big deal of Catwoman having adult relations when the New 52 kicked off nine months ago.
Wild speculation from fans and haters alike named everyone from Tim Drake Wayne (Red Robin), to Doll Man, to Oliver Queen (Green Arrow), and even the upcoming appearance of Doll Man, but that list is now narrowed thanks to the comment from Simmons.
“One of the major iconic DC characters will reveal that he is gay in a storyline in June.”
That certainly narrows down the possibilities, and kicks Vibe off the list, as the last time he was a major character was back in 1984.
So who could it be? Looking at the solicitations for June, there are only two DC titles that may hint that something big is going to be announced. The first is Green Lantern #10, that says, “Leads into next issue’s shocking turn of events that can’t be missed!” and Batman Beyond #5 that sees “the introduction of a major new character and tells and important story for Beyond and classic fans alike!”
Scott Snyder, currently writing Batman (and doing it quite well), stated in his Twitter feed that the character is not Batman/Bruce Wayne.
…But the announcement was “a character not seen since the relaunch will come out as gay,” so no, it’s not Bruce.
Not seen since the relaunch, and the fact that DC is saying character, not superhero, coupled with the fact that the character is male, should narrow the list down even more. Jimmy Olsen is certainly an iconic character, and has been a hero a time or two, but he’s also appeared in the Superman titles since relaunch.
So who could it be? More clues will drop over the next couple of weeks, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the character is outed before the June issue arrives.
FWIW: Wally West hasn’t been seen in quite some time…