I just kind of randomly looked at Dan DiDio’s Facebook page for a minute this morning.
Okay, let me first get this out. Dan does care about lgbtq portrayals. It’s important to him, I’ve had a dozen conversations with him about it. Out writers like Marc Andreyko have been told, by Dan, not to shy away from gay storylines, characters, and content. And he was a major reason why Batwoman finally got printed. Whatever else you may disagree with, I know this is important to him, and he’s backed it up in many ways.
This stuff isn’t coming from Dan, this is just a sampling of some of the posts people have sent him on his Facebook page in the last couple days.
“Just giving you a heads up because you’ve been a fair guy, If Wally West comes back gay, i’m done with DC comics forever. Nothing against LBGT, but they can’t have my favorite character.”
“Who will be the gay character?, Please no Superman, Batman, The Flash or Green Lantern!. I’ll throw away my collection and will not buy any. I have gay friends, but the characters who were not gay do not have to be now.”
“Mr. D, I sure hope you all aren’t planning to make Superman gay. You all have already torn the character down enough, please don’t ruin the character for the shock value. Not sure what DC has against having characters that are good role models…married and have a respect for their parents views.”
I’ll be honest and say that I’m surprised. DiDio always struck me as an asinine misogynist who was hell-bent on forcing anything that didn’t feature straight, white males out of sight (with some exceptions, like the Wonder Woman series, Cyborg being a Token Black Guy in JLA, and firing pretty much every female writer DC had save Gail Simone). Hell, DiDio, and to an extent Geoff Johns, are responsible for the current, post-apocalyptic shambles DC has become, what with the unnecessarily dark storylines and a complete lack of light-hearted characters.Where is Plastic Man? Where’s Stephanie Brown? Why is Harley Quinn a fun-hating skank? Why is Amanda Wallers scrawny? Why is Captain Marvel as gritty as Batman? Why hasn’t Bart Allen acted like Impulse since the start of the pre-boot Teen Titans? Ask Dan DiDio and he’ll bully you instead of giving a straight answer.
However, credit where it’s due. If DiDio is a supporter of LGBT rights, and is willing to make an established character gay, then I’d get behind it. It’d be an awkward, “don’t touch me” support, because I hesitate to throw my full weight behind DiDio no matter what worthwhile cause he fights for, but I’d be there.
Of course, one could assume that, like Cyborg is a Token Black Guy, whenever DiDio shows support for LGBT characters, it’s because the DC Universe requires another Token hero…
(But no seriously Dan DiDio needs to get the hell away from DC Comics)
There’s a lot we disagree on, but Dan is one of the most open guys to lgbt content I have come across in the industry. He was a major supporter of the Batwoman project when others were squeamish, and he supported my idea of Hippolyta and Phillipus getting married, among many other things.
He’s made a lot of decisions I am adamantly in disagreement with, just recently we disagreed mightily on a project. But the truth is the truth, and Dan’s support for lgbtq characters is solid and admirable.