People everywhere with not much going on in their lives are all atwitter over the news that a DC Comics superhero is coming out of the supercloset in June. That's right: Someone who wears skin-tight clothing and very likely a cape will reveal to a stunned world that they are, in fact, gay. But who will it be? DC Comics is playing coy, so right now all anyone can do is speculate. Here are our top six candidates. (Illustrations by Monica Fuentes)
As you can see from this picture, DC has been dropping hints all along; here, the friend of fish (and apparently of Dorothy) is proudly signing the "Y" from the Village People's "YMCA." The A-man has perhaps been unjustly brushed off by the general public, who tend to think he just breast-strokes around, talking to sea anemones and vaguely "defending" the oceans. However, Aquaman can survive on land for long periods, and he's also stronger on land, as he's used to all the resistance from water. Maybe recasting Aquaman as Aqueer
man is also a shrewd way of giving props to a superhero who's powerful but who just needs a little more hydration than the average Joe.
5. Green Lantern
This is straight from DC Comics' bio: "Imagine if the ring on your finger was more than a piece of gaudy jewelry. Instead, it's the universe's most powerful weapon." Oh, really? A ring, you say? Perhaps the ring is more than the source of Green Lantern's power, but is a wedding ring he wears as a show of defiance to California's Prop 8, and of a sign of love and commitment to a husband who might not be a superhero but who's still special in his own way.
4. Wonder Woman
Maybe DC's spokeswoman was throwing reporters a curveball when she said that a major superhero will announce that "he" is gay. Maybe it will turn out to be golden lasso-twirling, raven-haired beauty Double-W. Many people may not realize that Wonder Woman's back story involved her being the princess of an island inhabited by Amazons, which is pretty much like being a power forward in the WNBA. Wonder Woman has it all -- strength, cunning, a fabulous tiara -- and pervy dudes everywhere would surely love a story arc involving a Wonder Woman-Batwoman-Supergirl love triangle.