Dean Cain slams Superman's son coming out: 'I don't think it's bold or brave'



Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher (Warner Bros. Television)

Dean Cain has spoken out against the decision to have Superman's son come out.

DC Comics revealed Jon Kent was bisexual yesterday (12 October 2021) to mark National Coming Out Day.

Speaking today on Fox & Friends, Cain - who played Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1993-97 - called the move "bandwagoning."

"I don't think it's bold or brave"

"They said it's a bold new direction - I say they're bandwagoning," opined Cain. "I don't think it's bold or brave or some crazy new direction. If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would be bold or brave. But brave would be having him fight for the rights of gay people in Iran."

The 55-year-old added that having Superman "fight the injustices that created the refugees whose deportation he's protesting" would be worth writing.

"That would be brave, I'd read that," he said. "Or fighting for the rights of women to attend school and work and live and boys not to be raped by men under the new warm and fuzzy Taliban.

"There's real evil in this world today, real corruption and government overreach. It'd be great to tackle those issues. I'd like to see the character doing that."

Cain appeared in the show alongside Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher, who played Lois Lane.

Today, UK actor Christopher Biggins also spoke out against Kent's bisexuality. (But it's possible he may have had his wires crossed and have actually been talking about Clark Kent...)

Series writer Tom Taylor on Monday told the BBC: "We have people saying they read this news today and burst into tears - people saying they never thought in their life that they would be able to see themselves in Superman... literally the most powerful superhero in comics.

"You'll always have people who'll use the old line of, 'Don't put politics into comics' - forgetting that every single [comic book] story ever has been political in some way. People who don't realise that the X-Men were an analogy for the civil rights movement."

Read the Attitude Awards issue, out now.

Subscribe in print and get your first three issues for just £1 each, or digitally for just over £1.50 per issue.