DC may introduce that character into their canon as early as this coming Friday with the release of Shazam!
Shazam! tells the story of Billy Batson, a young teenager who is given powers spelled out by the acronym Shazam, the same name of the sorcerer who gives Batson the powers in the first place.
Batson has the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. These powers can be activated by saying the word "Shazam!"
The superpowered version Batson looks like an adult (played by Zachary Levi), though retains the mind of the teenager.
SHAZAM! Trailer (2019) www.youtube.com
Shazam! director David F. Sandberg teased to PinkNews that this Friday's release may include an upcoming and as-of-yet unannounced LGBTQ+ superhero.
Shazam! movie's Zachary Levi and Mark Strong on LGBT superheroes www.youtube.com
"Don't want to put spoilers [out there] or anything … but I think you will see one sooner rather than later," Sandberg says about the possible reveal.
"I think on April 5th it will become clear…"
The DC television universe has a few LGBTQ+ players.
There's, of course, Batwoman.
Ruby Rose, an out queer woman, will be Batwoman on the CW and this is just beyond exciting, I'M SCREAMING. Even t… https://t.co/iCXB2RLLA5— Alex Berg (@Alex Berg)1533664826.0
@DoctorRagnarok Batgirl's (Batwoman) show debuts on The CW this fall. Fake outrage crowd needs to do their Googles. https://t.co/yBnUQvHpZq— AJ Harris (@AJ Harris)1554311252.0
John Constantine and Sara Lance from Legends Of Tomorrow:
DC''s Legends of Tomorrow 4x08 Constantine Kiss his Boyfriend and changes back Reality Full HD www.youtube.com
Legends of Tomorrow 3x12 - Sara and Ava scene 4 "first kiss" www.youtube.com
Alex Danvers from Supergirl:
Alex Danvers || 2x06 || "You're Gay Too?" || Alex Coming Out to Kara www.youtube.com
In addition to countless more in the many different "Earths" that the universe contains.
However, the inclusion in the cinematic universe has been extremely lacking, so fans are waiting in serious anticipation.
Sounds like a gay superhero... is it a gay superhero? #Shazam— Angry Stoned Dad (@Angry Stoned Dad)1553401267.0
Marvel : We now have a black superhero so you can relate. Oh look… now we have a female one. Next up, an Asian, and… https://t.co/FmE3FLacn7— ᴊᴏᴇ ʟᴇᴇ 🇲🇾 (@ᴊᴏᴇ ʟᴇᴇ 🇲🇾)1554201539.0
#shazam #shazammovie loved it #latino #asian #gay maybe superhero finally a movie my friends and I can see https://t.co/5ZYLhnpMh4— Alex Gonzales (@Alex Gonzales)1553402948.0
However, sci-fi and fantasy LGBT representation needs to up its game as a whole.
Disney’s first openly gay superhero is named Poe Dameron— dani! (@dani!)1554297176.0
You know what? I would not say no to a gay Puerto Rican/diasporican superhero who has to try and explain that he's… https://t.co/AeRQ70YE2a— a garbage fire who reads (and sometimes writes) (@a garbage fire who reads (and sometimes writes))1554333684.0
the gay marvel superhero will heal the deep rift between my mother and i— ursula (@ursula)1554266751.0
they said i could do anything so i became a gay superhero #pride https://t.co/9p40KbuhMx— ℓєαн (@ℓєαн)1553954497.0
Yesterday at Tampa Pride they had a Star Wars float and it was everything I needed 👏🏽😫 Chewbacca said gAY RIGHTS!!! https://t.co/pN4SKRS3re— Artemis Luna @ Anime North 💕 (@Artemis Luna @ Anime North 💕)1554046443.0
star wars is just about being gay and committing war crimes with your friends— daisy ridley’s wife (@daisy ridley’s wife)1550238744.0
As of May last year, LGBTQ+ people made up an estimated 4.5% of the population of the USA. That means about 1 in every 40 people are gay.
In a universe containing 200 characters, for instance, at least 5 gay characters should statistically be present. But LGBTQ+ stories are often ignored.
Will DC seek to change this with its new superhero?
We'll be looking forward to Friday to find out.