With queer superheroes like White Canary, Mister Terrific, Constantine, Captain Cold and Alex Danvers all making waves on The CW, one of the network's stars says it won't be long for the DC films -- or superhero movies in general -- to catch up.
While speaking with TooFab about the home video release of gay, teen romantic comedy "Love Simon," star Keiynan Lonsdale said he hopes the movie's success lights a fire in Hollywood.
"We will see it, 100 percent," the star of "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow" said when asked whether he thinks we'll see the film side embrace queer representation soon.
"I mean, I really do think that 'Love, Simon' makes a huge difference in that," he continued. "The hold up is that, you know, the way the business works is so many people are mostly thinking about money and so when we have a film like 'Love, Simone' come along and make money, it shows the audiences are ready, they are excited, they are wanting this."
With a budget of around $17 million, the movie went on to make almost $60 million in the box office and became one of the 15 highest grossing teen romances since 1980.
"I think it's making the people at the top go, 'OK, we don't have to be so fearful,' because I think at the end of the day they want that representation as well," Lonsdale continued. "It's like giving them permission to go all out and do the thing. And now it's not just permission, but it's like, 'No, no, no. You better do the thing. We're telling you, like you got to do it.'"
"I'm super excited to find out where it all goes, like 100 percent going to have queer superheroes and queer superheroes of color and it's gonna be an incredible array of stories, I know it, for sure," he added.
Londsale's comments come after Negasonic Teenage Warhead's same-sex relationship in "Deadpool 2" received praise from GLAAD for bringing more representation to a genre that has so far left the community underserved.
The organization's president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, applauded 20th Century Fox for giving "countless moviegoers around the world what they've longed to see- LGBTQ superheroes in a relationship who protect the world together. Negasonic and Yukio's storyline is a milestone in a genre that too often renders LGBTQ people invisible, and should send a message to other studios to follow this example of inclusive and smart storytelling."
"Love, Simon" is available now on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD.