Aquaman is queer … but no, unfortunately we’re not talking about the Jason Momoa, live-action version. Can you imagine? Take a moment and do, maybe with some lube.
In “Quiet Conversations,” a recent episode of Cartoon Network’s animated series Young Justice: Outsiders, Kaldur’Ahm — also known as Aquaman or Aqualad — confirmed his queerness by kissing Wynnde, a member of the underwater court of King Orion.
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The moment isn’t a huge part of the episode’s plot, which centers on the aftermath of Aquaman and his team freeing a group of enslaved metahumans. The casual way Kaldur’s sexuality is presented in the episode is proof that you can include queer characters in storytelling without having to make a big deal about their queerness. You can just have a superhero kiss his boyfriend and then swim off to save the world.
While Kaldur explicitly says he’s gay in the comic the show is based on — when he came out to his father Black Manta, dear ol’ dad responded: “You say that as though you’re asking me a question. You think I care? We’re all just meat.” But on Young Justice: Outsiders, the character had a girlfriend back in the show’s first seaon, meaning that this iteration of the character may be bisexual or pansexual.
Comics have long led the charge on representation in genre media, but it looks like superhero movies are finally catching up. Just this week reports claimed that Marvel is casting its first trans superhero, potentially in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.