Aquaman confirmed to be LGBT in latest Young Justice episode
The animated character Aquaman was confirmed to be LGBT+ on the latest episode of Young Justice: Outsiders, the DC Universe’s animated show about teenage superheroes.
The latest episode, “Quiet Conversations,” saw the iconic DC superhero exchange a kiss with Wynnde, an Atlantean man, while holding his hands.
The series also features a non-binary Muslim hero, Halo.
Fans on Twitter were quick to praise the series for making Aquaman queer.
“Apparently Aquaman from Young Justice is gay and just had an on screen kiss with another man? Why aren’t more people talking about this? I don’t even watch the show but this is a huge moment in animation history, holy crap!” said one person.
Another said, “Holy carp! Just watched the latest #YoungJusticeOutsiders and the aqua man is gay? A bi racial gay super hero? I LOVE THIS! I’m inspired! Thank you @TheDCUniverse for this moment! I already thought aqualad was awesome but he’s now my favourite!”
The man Aquaman kisses didn’t have a speaking part in the episode.
“Quiet Conversations” is the twentieth episode of Young Justice: Outsiders.
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Aquaman isn’t the only queer character in the DC Universe
Earlier this month, the DC Extended Universe looked set to make LGBT+ film history by introducing a prominent gay supervillain to a major superhero movie.
Birds of Prey, which is inspired by a DC Comics series of the same name, will feature Ewan McGregor as supervillain Black Mask.
Multiple sources have told We Got This Covered, a Rotten Tomatoes-accredited entertainment site, that Black Mask will be portrayed as homosexual and the sexual tension between him and fellow villain Victor Zsasz will make it clear that he is gay.
But apparently Black Mask will never explicitly state his sexuality.
The gay supervillain is a Gotham City crime lord. Other characters include Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell).