As promised, DC Comics has revealed the major DCU character they're reintroducing as gay in the New 52, And, as many have speculated, it's the Green Lantern.
Alan Scott, the only version of the Green Lantern on Earth 2, will be revealed as both homosexual and in a relationship in next week's Earth 2 #2.
While his sexual orientation is no longer a mystery, Scott's origins as the Green Lantern are still up in the air. According to DC's The Source, Scott took up the Lantern mantle after "a traumatic event." We'll learn more in issue 3.
Here's Earth 2 writer James Robinson's take on the new Alan Scott:
I'm trying to show the 'classic' Alan Scott at the same time. He's still the same dynamic, heroic guy he was. He's still the head of a media empire like he was in his prior version, but of course with the form of media changing and evolving with the times. And in many ways, his origin mirrors the original one also. Oh, and on Earth 2 there is only one Green Lantern, so Alan's title is The Green Lantern. Alan's sexuality is just one facet of him, along with his innate goodness, valor, charisma and skill at leadership that makes him the perfect man to wield the power of the green light in the world of Earth 2.
In an interview with The Advocate, Robinson also promised that Scott "won't be the only gay character in Earth 2."
Earth 2 #2 hits comic shops next Wednesday.