The entertainment industry has come a long way in featuring not only LGBTQ+ characters in major projects, but also giving queer actors equal opportunity as straight stars. We’re not saying we’re done promoting equality in Hollywood — there is always room for more representation on screen — but it’s pretty awesome to see all sorts of people/roles on television and in films.
While there are lots of queer superheroes on the small screen, there are also many straight heroes. It’s not uncommon for a gay actor to play a heterosexual character, or vice versa, especially in the world of comic-book movies. Read on for a look at which LGBTQ+ stars splayed the straight superheroes (or super-villains!) in some of your favorite films:
This supermodel scored an awesome role as The Enchantress in Suicide Squad, but while her character in the film is most likely straight (she's in love with a man named Alan Dell), she dates both girls and guys in real life.
"My sexuality is not a phase," she told The New York Times. "I am who I am."
Actor Ezra Miller is best known for his starring role as comic book hero The Flash in various films, including Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The character is known to be involved with love interests like Iris West and Felicity Smoak, and is presumably straight. IRL, however, the 24-year-old identifies as queer.
While Anna's X-Men character, Rogue, dates Iceman and is most likely heterosexual, the actress is very outspoken about her own bisexuality.
Ellen Page is probably best known for her starring role as a teen mom in Juno, but fans know that she also played superhero Kitty Pryde in X-Men! The actress kinda came out in February 2014 at the Time to THRIVE conference saying, "I'm tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered, and my relationships suffered. And I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of that pain."
Two years later, Ellen returned to the event an made another brave announcement — "I'm here today because I am gay," she said."
Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen didn't come out as gay until he was 49 (now, he's in his 70s), but he insists that it actually made him a better actor — and that theory is definitely consistent with his performance as Megneto in X-Men! The supervillain was linked to female characters Magda, Isabelle, Astra, Jean Grey, and more!
IRL, Alan Cumming is bisexual, but he plays Nightcrawler, a villain who we assume is straight, in X-Men 2.