Moviegoers will see the first “pansexual superhero” when 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool” hits theaters next spring.
The director of the film, Tim Miller, responded to a claim that Deadpool would be “hypersexualized.”
He replied: “Pansexual! I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool.”
The co-creator of the series, Fabian Nicieza, elaborated in his own written statement via Twitter:
“[Deadpool] is NO sex and ALL sexes. He is yours and everyone else’s. So not dismissive, but rather the epitome of inclusive,” he wrote. “His brain cells are in CONSTANT FLUX. He can be gay one minute, hetero the next, etc. ALL ARE VALID.”
Pansexuality is defined as being capable of being attracted to all gender—a fancier, more inclusive term for bisexuality, essentially, because it includes not just men and women, but all of those other new “genders” too.
It’s not entirely clear how a pansexual superhero would work, or even matter, in the film’s plot—by design, a superhero action movie features little in the way of romance.
But Deadpool’s coming out with non-traditional sexual preferences is just the latest in a long line of superheroes coming out in recent years.
Already, Ice Man from the “X-Men” came out as gay. As did Batwoman and the Green Lantern.