Rumor of the Day: Is this DC's new out-of-the-closet superhero?

The Internet is packed with speculation right now over which DC Comics character is about to be re-introduced as gay. The DC publicity machine isn't ready to open the closet just yet, but there's a rumor going around that the character in question is one of DC's oldest superheroes.

The rumor comes courtesy of MTV Geek, who heard from "a little birdie" that it "might be Alan Scott," the Green Lantern making his re-appearance in the just-launched New 52 comic Earth 2. Predictably, DC has issued a "no comment" on the matter, but Scott does fit all of the criteria we've heard so far about who the character could be.

Earlier this week, a DC rep narrowed the list of possibilities down by confirming that the character is indeed male, and that he will be "iconic." Scott definitely fits both those criteria, particularly the iconic part. He's one of the original DC superheroes, dating all the way back to 1940. He was the first Green Lantern, and he's been an integral part of teams like the Justice Society of America for decades. He's survived through every retcon and reboot DC has mustered, and now he's making his New 52 debut in Earth 2, which chronicles a parallel Earth in which superheroes like Scott and the original Flash, Jay Garrick, are just beginning to appear.

We won't know for sure who the character is until DC decides it's time (they've promised it will be revealed in a June comic), but Scott certainly seems like a strong possibility. He's been a major part of the DC stable for its entire history, and he's definitely not a throwaway character. The question is, if it does turn out to be Scott, will Green Lantern fans accept such a big change to a character that's been around for more than 70 years?

(Via MTV Geek)

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