From Batwoman to Loki: Characters Bringing LGBTQ+ Representation to Superhero Films & Series

Photo Courtesy: DC Comics

When it comes to LGBTQ+ representation, film, TV and so many other mediums have a long way to go. There’s a lot of queer-baiting — when creators hint at queer characters and storylines to gain viewers but don’t follow through. And there's a lot of straight-washing — completely nixing a pre-established character’s queerness. These days, so many of the biggest shows and movies are adapted from comic books and graphic novels, and, while big-screen blockbusters may be lacking in terms of representation, there's hope yet.

This June, DC Comics is celebrating Pride Month with a "parade of LGBTQIA+ characters and creators" via its special 80-page DC Pride anthology. The collection will feature notable queer characters like Batwoman (Kate Kane), Renee Montoya, Midnighter, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and, perhaps most excitingly, Dreamer (Nia Nal), a trans woman superhero making her first comic book appearance in a story written by actor Nicole Maines, who plays Nia on CW's SupergirlAs pictured above (at left and right), DC has also tasked leading artists like Jen Bartel and Yoshi Yoshitani, with creating Pride-themed variant covers, all nine of which will debut throughout the month.

While DC Pride's expansive on-page representation is wonderful, we're hoping that LGBTQ+ superheroes and comic book characters continue to populate other media, too. For example, with Eternals (2021), Marvel is set to introduce the first openly gay superhero in an MCU movie — Brian Tyree Henry's Phastos

For a genre that prides itself on characters owning their identities — and, in many cases, loudly proclaiming them — it's great to see queer superheroes proudly living their lives. So, let's celebrate the superheroes who are bringing much-needed LGBTQ+ representation to the screen — and shoutout a few of our favorite queer comic book characters who we hope will join their ranks soon.