Superman renounces own US citizenshipWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Man of Steel just celebrated nine hundred issues in the latest installment of his title of origin, “Action Comics,” but it wasn’t the lead story, a climactic showdown with his eternal enemy Lex Luthor, that drew nation attention. No, it was the little tale in the back of the book about the famous hero tossing away his US citizenship that made newspapers, message boards, blogs and chatrooms alike glow red like Krypton’s sun.
Basically, the story told of a public relations storm that kicked up due to a visit by Superman to the Middle East. Not wishing his actions to be misconstrued as official US policy, he asks our government to revoke his citizenship. Whether or not DC Comics knew or hoped they’d attract attention of their own with the tale isn’t clear, and perhaps it doesn’t even matter; regardless, the internet cracked in half once again.
There were those who saw the fictional logic in such a move and applauded DC for furthering Superman’s drive to be a “citizen of the world,” but there were also those who viewed it as another alleged attempt at downplaying United States patriotism in pop culture. A few fans also pointed out that the story was penned by David Goyer (“The Dark Knight”), the screenwriter of the upcoming Superman film, and that it bode poorly for any portrayal of patriotism therein. Opinions were well-articulated on both sides of the argument and it seems certain that a few more copies of “Action Comics” No. 900 were sold, perhaps especially so after the death of Osama bin Laden.
Is it all just a red, white and blue tempest in a Kryptonian teacup? Technically, Superman doesn’t even hold US citizenship; it’s Clark Kent who pays the taxes. You can argue that the Man of Steel gave up something he never truly had in the first place, or you could just sit back, relax, and realize that comic book continuity can be a fragile thing and such events can be as easily forgotten as they are easily published. Here’s the beauty of it, comics fans: Superman can be everything and anything you want him to be.