Wednesday night’s episode of Arrow introduced not only a new character, but a new relationship: Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, Nyssa, who was revealed to be Sara’s (aka the Black Canary’s) girlfriend. Show writers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim said that they’ve been planning this move since the beginning of the season. The writers were careful not to label her bisexual, though, to focus more on the relationship rather than on her sexuality. “We really wanted to approach it like not be salacious and be sensitive and be realistic,” said Guggenheim.
With the popularity of superhero movies and shows, it’s surprising that this is the first time an LGBTQ relationship has happened on screen. After all, there’s already a number of great, iconic LGBTQ superheroes who have been portrayed in comics by Marvel and DC alike. Here’s just a few that we’d love to see on television...
Batwoman’s history is somewhat ironic, as she was introduced to allay accusations of Batman and Robin’s relationship promoting homosexuality in the ’50s. But the modern incarnation of Batwoman is out and proud and engaged to girlfriend Maggie Sawyer… although DC Comics won’t let them tie the knot. Still, Batwoman is a kickass superhero, and a wealthy ex-military Jewish crimefighter with killer style.
Northstar is one of the first openly gay superheroes to appear in comics. A Canadian member of the X-Men team, Northstar has the ability to fly at superhuman speeds. Unlike DC, Marvel lets their superheroes get married, so Northstar married his partner, civilian Kyle Jinadu, in 2012.
Karolina Dean and Xavin
Karolina Dean and Xavin are two young superheroes from Marvel’s Runaways series. Karolina Dean is a lesbian vegan who belongs to an alien race and Xavin is the shape-shifting alien to whom she is betrothed. Xavin is introduced in the comics in the form of a young African-American male, but when he realizes Xavin’s orientation, he shape shifts into the form of a woman. Because really, who cares about gender when you can shape shift?
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