There's no doubt that there are tons of intellectual properties being either reimagined or having their storylines filtered through a lens that differs from their origins. Take the new Chucky show, for instance. Who thought that a slasher flick about a killer doll would turn into a SyFy series that is all about the struggles of coming out as a young gay teen in America?
The latest news regarding Superman now has fans asking if the Man of Steel's brush with Pink Kryptonite is canon or not.
Is Pink Kryptonite canon?
All right, if you aren't familiar with all of the hullabaloo in the comics world as of late, well, here's the skinny. It was revealed by the creative team at DC that Jon Kent, Superman's son and the current Superman in the comics, will be bisexual.
Now there are people being stranded in Afghanistan despite serving the USA for years. There are folks who are being shot and killed in their homes in America, and there are nonviolent criminals having their prison sentences extended in for-profit incarceration centers so they can provide slave labor.
But people seem to really, really, really have a problem with Superman's son having a boyfriend.
The image of seeing someone donning the same costume as the Last Son of Krypton kissing a pink-haired boy sent some people into a tizzy fit. Corporations can buy and sell our governmental leaders and participate in mass wealth redistribution plans that only further line their pockets and effectively line their coffers with tax dollars, but apparently, don't "tamper" with people's favorite fictional characters' sexual orientations, dagnammit.
But does Pink Kryptonite really make Superman "gay"?
In case you're wondering, yes, Pink Kryptonite does exist in the DC Universe. However, whether or not it's technically "canon" is another discussion entirely. That's because the substance didn't exist in the "real" Superman timeline. In the comic that it does appear in (Supergirl #79 in 2003), Superman isn't related to Supergirl and he's exposed to the pink stuff.
There's a joke that the specific hue of Kryptonite turns Superman "gay" because he takes notice of Jimmy Olsen's fashion sense. However, in the same comic, he marries Supergirl (he's not related to her, so it's not all Lannister-y.)
But it's a widely believed fact that Pink Kryptonite has famously turned Superman gay due to images like this circulating the internet.
Tons of folks who are decrying the backlash to Jon Kent being bisexual are pointing out the existence of Pink Kryptonite to highlight that even though some avid comic book fans really want Superman and every iteration of the hero to be wholly heterosexual, Pink Kryptonite exists and is canon in one timeline.
However, does it make the Man of Steel hot to trot for fellas who all of a sudden tickle his fancy? There's yet to be an "official" comic that depicts this exact phenomenon.
But this is the internet, after all. And if there are Deviant Art photos of Spongebob being pregnant with Shrek's kid and it's somehow Sonic the Hedgehog, then there's definitely some fan fiction of gay Superman.