Matt Bomer plays the classic DC character Larry Trainor/Negative Man on the DC Universe original series Doom Patrol, with the show revealing Trainor to be a gay man struggling with his identity. In a new interview, Bomer -- who himself is openly gay -- spoke of the importance of bringing LGBT representation to the superhero genre, as well as what drew him to the character of Negative Man.
"I think it's so important," Bomer told Collider. "It's a big reason why I wanted to be a part of Doom Patrol. I've never really seen a gay, male superhero, and what I love most about the character is that, even though it's a huge struggle, internally, for him, it's not the sole thing that defines who he is."
"He's such a multi-faced character," he continued. "If it had just been one stereotypical thing, I think I would have had more reservations about it, but the fact that he is this nuanced character who has so many places to grow, and he has so much shadow and so much light that he doesn't even know he has, is what appealed to me, just as much as his sexuality."
Bomer publicly came out as gay in 2012 during an acceptance speech at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, during which he thanked his husband, Simon Halls, and his three children. That same year, he was given an Inspiration Award for his work at the GLSEN (formerly Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Awards.
Streaming now on DC Universe, Doom Patrol stars Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele, Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor, Diana Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody, April Bowlby as Rita Farr, Joivan Wade as Vic Stone and Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder.