The comic's writer Tom Taylor distributed the news on Twitter on Monday. In addition, the ins and outs of it were published in an exclusive interview with IGN.
"The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity," Taylor told The New York Times. Instead, he says the "new Superman had to have new fights — real-world problems — that he could stand up to as one of the most powerful people in the world."
Jon Kent is not the only LGBTQ+ character coming to the D.C. comics. A reintroduction of Aquaman, starring young black gay superhero Jackson Hyde, started up last month with "Aquaman: The Becoming #1."
In August Tim Drake's Robin came out as bisexual in "Batman: Urban Legends #6."
"We talk a lot about the power of the D.C. Multiverse in our storytelling, and this is another incredible example. We can have Jon Kent exploring his identity in the comics as well as Jon Kent learning the secrets of his family on T.V. on Superman & Lois. They coexist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously," D.C. Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee announced, according to CBR.
In the meantime, in the Marvel comics, they've had America Chavez, a couple of Young Avengers, and one of the X-Men representing the LGBTQ community for years now. In "The Eternals" next month, the movie will present Phaistos as Marvel's first on-screen gay superhero.
In the current D.C. Comics continuity, Clark Kent married Lois Lane. They had a son named after Clark's father, Jonathan. After that, lots of stuff occurred to the super-tyke, including though not limited to the kind of narratively convenient rapid aging that a lot of sitcom moppets experience, and now he's a 17-year-old with all of his father's powers. (There's been some talk, in the comics, that the combination of Kryptonian and human DNA may make him somehow even more powerful than Superman, which doesn't make a lot of sense on the surface, though then if a superhero can defy the Law of Gravity, why not the Laws of Gregor Mendel?)
And while Jon Kent is the O.G. Superman's son and has gone by the nomme-de-cape Superboy until now, in the pages of Superman: Son of Kal-El, he's assumed the mantle of Superman, while his father heads off to deep space for an indefinite period of time.