So after weeks of speculation it has finally been revealed that Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, will be rewritten as a gay man. Not sure how to feel about this as on one hand what DC is doing to create diversity is awesome, but on the other hand it leaves behind a lot of his history. I see it as a good thing, but in true comic book geek fashion, I am resistant to change when it come to my favorite characters.
It also makes me fearful of the possible changes that may come to Dr. Fate. Being that he is a C-list character (and that may be putting it generously), he is vulnerable to many changes as the masses are not really familiar with who he is. In today's Newsarama article on the Green Lantern sexuality issue (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/alan-scott-is-gay-plus-more-gender-race-changes.html) Robinson is quoted as saying that we should be prepared for other characters to change in race, and gender. Also, in the Robot 6 article (http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2012/06/alan-scott-wont-be-the-only-gay-character-in-earth-2/) he states that Alan Scott will not be the only gay character.
I just hope that they keep Dr. Fate as a male figure. Many months back I tweeted that this would be a great opportunity to make the person under the helm (hopefully Kent Nelson) a person of color in order to bring more diversity to Earth 2. It would make sense due to Dr. Fate's ties with Egyptian mythology. What I am fearful of is that they will make him a female character. This was already tried twice, once with Linda Strauss (when Eric was killed off) and a second time with Inza Nelson. Both times the character did not work, as evident in the fact that he was eventually made a male figure again. I know that this may sound sexist but I want the character, my favorite character, that I loved as a kid and continue to love as an adult to stay relatively the same. Is that too much too ask? I guess I'll find out in a few months what my beloved Dr. Fate's fate will turn out to be, however, I am going to keep my expectations low so that I am not so disappointed with any of the changes and maybe, just maybe be pleasantly surprised with what may be changes in just a few details. But in reading Robinson's logic of merging Alan Scott's sexuality with that of his former son Obsidian, this leaves Dr. Fate open to being changed to a female since a female has donned the helm in the past.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against female characters. In fact some of my favorites characters are Zatanna and Stargirl. I'm all for more female characters in comics, especially Earth 2. Just don't change this one character, PLEASE.
A BIG Dr. Fate fan