Green Lantern Outed as Gay Superhero — Well, Sort Of

DC Comics makes the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott gay, but only in an alternate universe

Last Updated: July 31, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

Does Blake Lively know? 

It turns out Green Lantern is gay. Well, sort of. 

After teasing fans that one of its iconic characters was going to come out of the closet, DC Comics outed the lantern bearer this week. Except, it's not Hal Jordan, the ring wearing do-gooder played so forgettably by Ryan Reynolds in last summer's box office flop "Green Lantern" and the man over whom Ms. Lively swooned. 

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Instead, it is Alan Scott, better known as the original Green Lantern. In something of a cop-out, Scott is only gay in an alternate comic book universe, called the Earth 2 series. In another plane (Earth 1?) he is heterosexual, but has a son who is gay. 

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, writer James Robinson insists that the whole thing is not a publicity stunt. Instead he maintains that it is part of an effort to make the DC Comics universe more diverse. 

"This was not ever meant to be sensational," Robinson said. 

"The Alan Scott I’m doing now is that same dynamic, brave, honorable man," he added. "A man that you’d want guarding your welfare, your children, your life, your home. He’s willing to give his life for the world. He’s everything you want in a hero. And he happens to be gay."

Imagine how much more interesting the "Green Lantern" movie would have been with this guy.