Superman actor Dean Cain says making Superman bisexual is not "bold or brave"
"They said it’s a bold new direction, I say they’re bandwagoning."
Former Superman actor Dean Cain has said that making Superman bisexual is not "bold or brave" after it emerged that DC Comics would have the superhero come out during a 9 November issue.
The current Superman is 17-year-old Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent and he comes out as bisexual in the Son of Kal-El comic to be released next month.
Jon has followed in his father's footsteps as Superman of Earth while his father is off-world in the Action Comics series, and has even mimicked his dad's love life also, falling for a reporter, Jay Nakamura.
Cain lashed out at the choice to make the character bisexual, telling Fox and Friends that he believes DC are "bandwagoning".
"They said it’s a bold new direction, I say they’re bandwagoning," he said on Tuesday.
"Robin just came out as bi - who’s really shocked about that one? The new Captain America is gay.
"My daughter in Supergirl, where I played the father, was gay. So 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."
He continued: "Brave would be having him fighting for the rights of gay people in Iran where they’ll throw you off a building for the offense of being gay."
The actor who played Superman on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman for four seasons in the 90s added that he would like to see the new Superman combat the Taliban and "real evil".
"They’re talking about having him fight climate change and the deportation of refugees and he’s dating a hacktivist - whatever a hacktivist is," he said.
"Why don’t they have him fight the injustices that created the refugees whose deportation he’s protesting? That would be brave, I’d read that.
"There’s real evil in this world today, real corruption and government overreach, plenty of things to fight against. Human trafficking - real and actual slavery going on … It’d be great to tackle those issues."