Okay, no, we don’t know for a fact that it’s Jimmy, but all the information DC has leaked since co-publisher Dan DiDio revealed an established character would be coming out points to the redheaded cub reporter/photographer.
At the Kapow comic-book convention in London, DiDio teased that an existing character would be “switching” their established sexuality and coming out as gay. It was also revealed that the character, though well-known, hasn’t reemerged since the entire DC comic-book universe relaunched last year.
Since then, Courtney Simmons, DC’s senior vice president of publicity, told ABC News that it’s a guy: “One of the major iconic DC characters will reveal that he is gay in a storyline in June.”
(June, by the way, is when Marvel will be publishing Astonishing X-Men #51, when gay mutant super-hero Northstar will be marrying his boyfriend. It wouldn’t be the first time one of the Big Two publishers has tried to one-up the other.)
All the official references have been to a “character”—not a villain or super-hero—indicating it’s someone in a non-powered supporting role.
Well, Lois Lane and Alfred the Butler have already appeared since DC’s reboot, and the list of iconic comics sidekicks known to the general public is pretty short.
Hence, Jimmy Olsen.
Think about it: He’s always more concerned with chasing after the Man of Steel like a puppy than bedding all the chicks being Superman’s Pal surely affords him.
His one long-term relationship was with Lucy Lane, Lois’ little sister. That’s totally a Single White Female stalker move to pull on the object of his true affection, the Man of Steel.
And Olsen was even played by out actor Jack Larson in the 1950s TV show.
If it is everyone’s favorite bowtie-wearing ginger, we’re all for it. In fact we’d love to see him and Robin go on a date in Metropolis’ gayborhood.