Well, it’s been announced that Alan Scott is gay in the DCnU. I have three problems with this. Their names are Obsidian, Jade and Molly. They are Alan’s son, daughter and wife respectively. Yes, add Alan to the list of married characters whose marriages are gone thanks to the reboot.
Also, add Obsidian to the list of minority characters who never existed thanks to the reboot. And Jade and Molly to the list of women. One of the problems with rebooting DC is that many of DC’s women and minority characters are legacy characters. Some of them have been included anyway by removing their predecessors – see Mr. Terrific and Blue Beetle – but many just ceased to exist.
Robinson mentions that he plans on swapping the genders of some of the JSA characters (and possibly some races as well). The thing is, this really isn’t necessary. In spite of the reputation that the JSA has of being a white male team, it’s had plenty of members that were women, minorities or both.
So before Robinson starts gender and race-swapping, here’s some suggestions for characters he could include:
- Liberty Belle / Jessie Quick (Hey, we could even bring Hourman back and have a married couple as part of the reboot. Insane, I know.)
- Black Canary
- Jakeem Thunder
- Atom Smasher (If you’re wondering why I included him, he’s Jewish.)
- Obsidian (There’s nothing stopping Robinson from making Alan and Obsidian unrelated in the rebooted Earth-2.)
- Black Adam
- Amazing Man
- Miss America
Another possibility is to include some Infinity, Inc. members since Infinity, Inc. was formed by the legacies of the JSA.
Infinity, Inc. Members
- Dr. Midnight (Beth Chapel)
- Wildcat (Yolanda Montez)
- Mr. Bones / Director Bones (Just because he’s the director of the D.E.O. in the main Earth doesn’t mean he is on Earth-2.)