The New Aquaman Revealed As Gay In Young Justice: Outsiders

Kaldur Aquaman in Young Justice Outsiders

The latest episode of Young Justice: Outsiders reveals the new Aquaman is gay. As it turns out, Kaldur, Young Justice's new Aquaman, is dating another Atlantean man. While it's unclear if Kaldur has determined that he is gay or bisexual, it's certain that he stands somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum.

One of the six teenage sidekicks who originally formed the Justice League's covert operations group, Kaldur was granted a chance to become Arthur Curry's protege after saving the first Aquaman's life during a battle with Ocean Master. Studious and mature beyond his years, Kaldur threw himself into the role of superhero, holding the responsibilities of his position in high honor. He didn't allow himself any distractions from his duty, save for his romantic feelings for Tula - a fellow student at the Conservatory of Sorcery in Atlantis. He abandoned his crush, however, after learning that she had become involved with his best friend while Kaldur was on the surface leading The Team. After that, Kaldur seemed to become married to his work, devoting himself entirely to becoming a worthy successor to the role of Aquaman.

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Young Justice season 3, episode 20, "Quiet Conversations" reveals that Kaldur's romantic life isn't quite as dead as previously believed. A montage of loved ones reuniting at the episode's end sees Kaldur approached by Wyynde - a former member of the Atlantean Purist movement, who sought to remove Arthur Curry from the throne of Atlantis in Young Justice season 1. The brief scene ends with the two young men holding hands and then kissing.

What's interesting is that Kaldur spends most of the "Quiet Conversations" helping a young metahuman woman, who developed the inability to breath air along with the power to breathe underwater following an encounter with Klarion The Witch Boy, to become acclimated to life in Atlantis. This includes Kaldur introducing the young woman to King Arthur and revealing that he's made arrangements for her to live in his parent's home. At first it seems that Kaldur may have a crush on this newcomer to Atlantis and is going out of his way to impress her. However, that wasn't the case.

This development is hardly shocking to fans of the Aquaman comic books, where the second Aqualad was outed shortly after his introduction in 2010. Though the character vanished into limbo along with many other teen superheroes during the New 52 reboot in 2011, Kaldur returned with a vengeance as part of the 2016 Teen Titans comic and was once again affirmed to be gay. It remains to be seen if the Young Justice: Outsiders version of Kaldur is only attracted to men but he remains one of the most interesting and admirable characters in the series, regardless of whom he dates when he isn't saving the world.

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