DC Comics announced on Monday Jonathan Kent, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane and gay partner of male friend Jay Nakamura, as the new Man of Steel.
Jonathan, also known as Jon, is proving to be a different man from his famous father, Kal-El.
Since the beginning of his new series in July, Jon has combatted issues ranging from political to environmental, like wildfires caused by climate change.
He’s also protested the deportation of refugees in Metropolis, combatted high school shootings and now, being in a same sex relationship.
“The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity,” Tom Taylor, who writes the series, said in an interview.
“A 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,” Mr Taylor said.
Glen Weldon, the author of Superman, said changes like this in comic books lead to more vibrant storytelling.
“Any step that can be taken to make the world on the superhero comics page look more like the world outside of it is good,” he said.