Superman renounces his American citizenship
May 18th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Superman renounces his American citizenship

By Omar Kasrawi, CNN

Superman, the world’s most iconic superhero, has announced his plans to renounce his American citizenship. The Man of Steel has apparently had enough of the world seeing him as a pawn of American foreign policy.

“I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship. I am tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy,” said Superman in a story written by David S. Goyer.

Superman, the last survivor of the planet Krypton, first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and crash landed as an infant in Kansas. From there he grew up to fight for “truth, justice and the American way.” But after this story, which appeared in issue no. 900 of Action Comics, he might have to alter his catchphrase.

The tale features Superman peacefully standing by in support of protestors in Tehran. That leads the Iranian regime to declare this an act of war by the Americans.

DC Comics, the publisher of Action Comics, normally tends to shy away from using real life figures and places in its comics. Instead of New York they use cities like Metropolis (home to Superman) and Gotham City (Batman’s hometown). Rather than using the actual President of the United States they had Lex Luthor, the villainous arch-nemesis of Superman, as the Commander-in-Chief back in 2000.

“It’s an interesting choice by DC [Comics] to choose real world figures and locations for this story rather than their usual fictional ones,” said Samad Rizvi, an assistant manager at Midtown Comics, one of N.Y.’s largest comic retail outlets. “It happens sometimes in comics. Back in the ‘40s [Marvel Comic’s] Captain America used to battle Hitler and the Nazis.”

However this isn’t the first time that DC Comics has used the Iranian regime in one of their more controversial stories. Back in 1988, after the Batman’s arch-nemesis, the Joker, murdered Batman’s sidekick Robin, the clowned prince of crime gets rewarded for his deeds by becoming the Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations. An offer extended to him in person by the Ayatollah Khomeini, as depicted in the comic.

While Iran hasn’t yet responded to this latest story, it appears to have rubbed blogger Jonathan Last of the conservative Weekly Standard the wrong way. “Does he believe in liberté, égalité, fraternité, or sharia? Does he believe in British interventionism or Swiss neutrality? You see where I’m going with this: If Superman doesn’t believe in America, then he doesn’t believe in anything.” says Last in a recent blog post.

Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee called the storyline “disturbing” and said “It's part of a bigger trend of Americans almost apologizing for being Americans.”

The media jumped all over this story a couple of weeks ago but perhaps some perspective is in order. This is a comic book story for a character that is over 70 years old, and who has repeatedly fought to save people across the entire earth.

“Superman has been positioned as a global citizen going wherever his special kind of help is needed most,” said Devon Sanders, who reviews comic books for Chud.com.

“What we need to do here is realize there's a huge difference between the words, ‘denounce’ vs. ‘renounce.’ Don't worry, Clark Kent, the boy who grew up on a Kansas farm is still very much a U.S. citizen. Trust and believe this will always inform the Superman side of his life,” added Sanders.

While Superman may be giving up his American nationality, The Guardian points out that he still holds citizenship to every other country in the United Nations. But perhaps more interesting than waiting to see if Superman will renounce all his other citizenships, or whether Donald Trump will try to somehow jump on board the “earther” movement, is what does all this say about Superman’s foreign policy views?

Is Superman a neoliberal ready to fly in and bring you democracy whether you like it or not? Does he believe in balance of power? Is global interconnectedness his bag? Is realism his real Kryptonite. Let us know in the comments section below.

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Topics: Culture • Current Events • Diplomacy • Iran • United Nations • United States

soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Lex L.

    Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh............

    May 18, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      I HEARD THAT CAPTAIN AMERICA IS DOING THE SAME, he wants to be called pacifist united nations or p.u.n. from now on

      May 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • firecrakca

        Thats hilarious

        May 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • John Denver's ghost

      I am glad I'm not a comic book nerd. That is all.

      May 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
      • TruePatriotZ

        Just nerdy enough to read this article.

        May 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • An American Citizen

      Has Superman paid any taxes... If he has not then deport him oh wait we can't deport him because some one has canceled the manned space program. How would we get him to the moon? Dammit...will someone from Arizona please petition the Federal government for a 20' high space fence so all his friends can get here and swamp our entitlement programs. Does anyone know what is our yearly quota is on extraterrestrial immigration?

      The next debate: What to do with extraterrestrial anchor babies...

      May 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
      • Knucklehead

        Superman incorporated years ago, during the dot-com bubble. Made millions on his IPO and numerous website creations since absorbed by Microsoft, McAfee, Norton's, and on and on. He has since been receiving subsidies from Uncle Sam, and made major donations to all political parties and all Presidential candidates. He is Antonin Scalia's good golfing buddy, but isn't above slamming a few brewskis with John Kerry. Superman is American whether he likes it or not.

        May 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • I'm no IRS auditor but...

        The question is whether or not someone is paying Superman an income. The fact of the matter is that Superman is not employed by anyone (i.e. a corporation, small business, government). Since he actually doesn't earn an income or earn any profits for his services, he doesn't have to pay U.S. income taxes.

        One would make the argument that maybe companies and government allow Superman to freely use their products as resources. But orgnizations such as the Red Cross, who take handouts from companies and government all the time, don't necessarily have to pay taxes on those products and resources received.

        One could also say that Superman is providing much of his services for free. What is this worth to the rest of the world? If we were to go down this road, the countries who use his services (including the U.S.) should be funneling their tax revenue for his public service.
        Clark Kent, on the other hand, has a job for a newspaper company. He earns a wage and therfore should be paying income taxes.

        So unless the U.S. writes a new tax code for multinational superheroes, I would say Superman gets away without having to pay taxes to anyone for the time being. Besides, I think forcing Superman to pay taxes would create an adverse incentive for him to stop providing his services. Is a reduction in Superman's services be worth the amount he would pay in taxes? Something to think about!

        May 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • jojee2u

        Talking about that 20' high fence...to keep out, or slow down, the illegal Hispanic stream of immigrants, remember the everlasting debates on that in Congress? With a majority deciding it was too costly (100 billion USD, or so). Then we went to war, costing us now over what..a trillion dollars? In the end..it's all relative huh.

        May 20, 2011 at 11:23 am |
      • Alex Gessong

        The manned space program is still very much alive, well into the foreseeable future. We went to the Moon from 1968 to 1974. Been there, done that, no reason to go again. Besides, if you go to the Moon, you're really still in Earth orbit. The next manned mission beyond Earth orbit is to an asteroid or to Mars. And the ships that take us there will be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap...

        May 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • Andrew

        The moon is already property of the United States, lol.

        May 23, 2011 at 1:51 am |
      • Another American

        Since his services have value, and since he receives goods and services in return, that's a barter transaction, and as such, is taxable... Just sayin.

        May 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
      • Karen

        Clark Kent pays the taxes. Superman helps for free. Better hope he doesn't sue for back pay, the interest would cripple us!

        May 25, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • OfReason

      He's decided to be a Democratic Intercontinental Commissioner from Kyrypton

      May 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • ed sr

      Lex Luther.................I am fine with this as long as he does not take Supergirl with him....................she is kinda nice!

      May 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • Fred

      This has got to be the stupidest thing i have ever heard.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • ME

      It could be questioned if Superman ever was a US citizen. He is originally an alien, he may have been adopted at some point by his US parents but they would have still had to take him through the adoption process of a foreign national. At some point growing up he would have had to provide proof of his US citizenship either by birth (he cannot get this) or through adoption. Hmmmmm...... perhaps someone needs to call Homeland Security.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:21 am | Reply
  2. Miguel

    This has to be a joke

    May 18, 2011 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • mike

      for gods sake superman isnt real.and hes a citizen of all countries remember?must have very good lives if this is the worst thing happening in your lives.

      May 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Reply
      • Mike in NYC

        No its not real .... but it IS just another example of how Americans are being trained to apologize for being American. For more than 70 years Superman has been a 'symbol' of America and all that it represents. If he now "tired of having [his] actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy" and is renouncing his citizenship over it – then by extention he is renouncing that policy and the country that it represents.

        May 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  3. PANIRUD

    Hmm, Okay. Lame.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
  4. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Even Superman knows that.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • liberals prefer stupidity over reality

      Everyone else knows that.

      May 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
      • John

        You wpuldn't know it if it bit you on the arse.

        May 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
      • Sia

        And far right conservative-republicans still believe in their stupid dogma about America

        May 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Mike in NYC

        Yes Sia – and the far left liberal Democrats still believe in their rediculous plan of taking everyone's money and throwing it in a pot and giving everyone an equal share .... because THAT would be fair to those that haven't worked for it.

        May 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
      • MIKE

        AND IDIOTS LIKE YOU ARE SELFISH GREEDY MORONS

        May 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • Mike in NYC

        Yes Mike. I belive I am a selfish greedy moron (nice name calling by the way – typical lib) because I believe that what I earn should belong to me and not to someone that hasn't earned it. You know what ... I'm sure that the homeless guy in front of my office would like YOUR car ..... why don't you give it to him. After all – he deserves to a car too doesn't he?

        May 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • jules in sd

        @mike in nyc – how about that homeless guy gets angry about seeing selfish guys walking in and out of the office building, being all scared and snooty, and decides to take selfish guy's car? when that happens, don't ask superman or anyone for help. 🙂

        May 26, 2011 at 3:00 am |
  5. Jor El

    That a boy!

    May 18, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply
  6. Brian

    Looks like a spot just opened up for a new superhero... Fueled by the grease of a thousand McDonald's cheeseburgers it's, Americanman! He fights for lower taxes on the wealthy, subsidies for the richest oil companies in the world, abolishment of a living wage and the destruction of unions! Americanman to the rescue! Americanman does not cover pre-existing disasters, deductable applies, please allow up to two weeks for review of your disaster before action may be taken.

    Sound better to you, Huckabee?

    May 18, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      i would read that

      May 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • MIKE

      MAY BE YOU COULD CALL HIM FATMAN

      May 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • Mikeone

        Maybe MIKE could figure out how to use Caps Lock and stop looking like a child pounding on his keyboard.

        May 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Knucklehead

      However, he will drop everything to preserve the banking industry in a single bound...

      May 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  7. Jeff

    Considering that "Superman, the last survivor of the planet Krypton, first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and crash landed as an infant in Kansas", you might simply say that he's never really been a U.S. citizen. It would be different if his real parents crash landed and his real mother gave birth here, but the fact that his step-parents are U.S. citizens is entirely irrelevant. Superman is either a citizen of every UN country, or he's an illegal alien. And if he's an illegal alien, then he has no U.S. citizenship to give up.

    Where's the problem?

    That said, that doesn't mean he still can't act with the values of "Peace, justice, and the American way", regardless of where he's from or lives.

    But, there is an additional issue; if he's giving up U.S. citizenship, will he be story-lined to get a visa in his passport and process through immigrations and customs each and every time he enters or departs the United States? Or will he story-line violate U.S. immigration laws?

    Just asking is all. Just asking.

    XMinusOne@gmail.com

    May 18, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • EZPablo

      Nice analysis (to a stupid story).

      May 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • icreepin

      I agree with you 100% I am a comic fan (more marvel then DC) but I don't ever remember reading an issue where superman was given a US citizenship. Now by default for some act or action at some point there might have been a reference to superman being a US citizen by a government or military official.

      Which brings the question to hand will superman in his effort to stop crime break it by entering the USA illegally bring with him weapons of mass destruction (laser eyes, super breath, super strength, ect).

      With that some of the super villains who have US citizenship if they were to "kill" superman would they be in violation of the law since superman has weapons of mas destruction and has the intent on using them?

      May 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Common Sense

      Good sense Jeff. As it was never shown that Supes never applied for citizenship as commentator Sage stated that makes him an illegal alien (no pun intended) LOL! But since he was declared a citizen of every country of the UN then that also made him a citizen of Iran and as such he had the right as a citizen to protest against what he thought was bad government. So He stood up for truth and justice but not necessarily the "American" way.

      May 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Brant

      I agree he is not a legal citizen. The government probably wants to cover it up so they won't have to build a wall high enough to keep him from flying in. Besides, I doubt he checks in with customs when going from country to country. So he should have a criminal record and be deported to outer space.

      May 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Knucklehead

      Anchor-heroes...I am so sick of them.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      Why, specifically, "every UN country"? What does Superman care about the UN?

      May 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • AJ

      Actually, Superman is a legal US citizen.

      There have been specific stories dealing with this.

      By US laws he is a "foundling" and has full citizenship.
      But even if he weren't, he was actually born from the device that he flew to Earth in,
      thus making him a born citizen.

      Feel free to google any of that as there are numerous articles online discussing the topic.

      May 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  8. Steve

    I see what they're doing but how can he work here??

    May 18, 2011 at 11:46 am | Reply
  9. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Superman used to fight for "Truth, Justice, and the American Way". But since the "American Way" doesn't contain "Truth" and "Justice" anymore (thanks to the GOP supported by Corporate and Rich theves), why not go to another country?

    May 18, 2011 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      You might want to patch that tinfoil hat of yours; it's leaking and letting in the radiation from the spy satellites.

      May 18, 2011 at 11:57 am | Reply
      • Buzz

        time to come out of your dream state.

        May 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Chris Perkins

      blah blah blah...yeah, just another dumbass liberal.

      May 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Reply
      • Buzz

        Wake up Chris, it's time for your warm milk and cookies.

        May 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
      • Knucklehead

        Good comeback. There's no argument that can't be countered with the ol' "blah, blah" response. Well done. Care to be Republican National Committee Chairman?

        May 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Buzz

      There are not many absolute truths around anymore, but yours is one of them.

      May 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Reply
      • Knucklehead

        If they're no longer around, they never were absolute truths. You are absolutely stupid.

        May 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Mike in NYC

      That's okay ... as I recall from the last Superman movie – he doens't fight for that anymore anyway. In the last movie Superman fought for "Truth, Justice and ... all that stuff." lol

      May 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • MIKE

      HOO BOY !ONE OF SUPERMANS CREATORS WAS CANADIAN.THE DAILY BUGLE IS BASED ON THE DAILY STAR,NO W KNOW AS THE TORONTO STAR.LOOK IT UP!

      May 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • jay

      you talk of greed, and the rotten gop but is it wrong to want security in what i earn i may actually be able to keep. the greedy corporations like the oil companies get to keep about 10% of their income, which they use to pay executives and share holders like teachers, steel workers, and basically the middle class. 40% goes to the goverment and the rest payes for exploration, employee wages, equipment, and general overhead expenses. so whos greedy? take out the taxes and gas would be 40% cheaper! if you would take the time to research things you wouldn't look so foolish!

      May 19, 2011 at 12:27 am | Reply
      • Jamie Ohan

        Well said Jay, I am not in oil but since I am a driver I have to use it. I wish more people would use their brains, do some research and not just regurgitate the same old pudding that's been pumped into their brains. these are the same people I suspect that sit back and expect the windfall to fall into their laps from others hard work. I AM ENTITLED should be the new catch phrase these days.

        May 19, 2011 at 9:09 am |
      • Pope_Nothing

        ...and who pays for the roads you drive on? The Sanitation department? The Military? All those government services that make it possible for you to earn that living by utilizing the infrastructure put in place, built and maintained by your tax dollars... The ports, the inspectors, the regulators.. all TAXES. No taxes = no infrastructure = you can't make those piles of money.

        May 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
      • Another American

        Take out the gas taxes and there are potholes in the roads and unsafe bridges. Guess you don't really drive anywhere. I'm not saying the government spends wisely all the time, but it certainly can, and no one else can. OTOH, we possess the technology now to make every road, street, parking lot, and driveway an RFID tollroad. That could be better than a gas tax...

        Also, the oil companies are a particularly bad example for your argument, as they are nearly tax exempt, and posted hundreds of billions in (untaxed) profits as a result of high gas prices.

        May 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  10. Wilson James

    Awesome. Wait til Palin and Fox News get ahold of this! Liberals destroying the very fabric of comic books! Socialism! time to get those consevative patriotic panties in a wad!

    May 18, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • The man who arranges the blocks

      We reject, free enterprise!
      And once again, the left will rise!

      Prepare the flags to be unfurled,
      we're seceding from the world!

      We shall obtain the arctic oil,
      we SHALL regain the georgian soil.

      We shall arrange the blocks and toil forever and a day.

      May 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Reply
      • MIKE

        SO YOUR A BLOCKHEAD?

        May 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  11. McTroll

    So he jumps ship during Obama's presidency... Why didn't he get 'tired' of being an American figurehead while Bush was on the warpath? Just goes to show you don't have to be from Earth to be a coded racist, you just have to be drawn and written by someone from there.

    Fare thee well, Man of Steel. You should go chill with Trump now that you got Osama – oh wait...

    May 18, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • Nick

      Since Obama got to the White House, the American Way has been duplicity, double talk, promising prosperity and delivering debt, promising peace and delivering war, etc.

      May 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        Nice semantics, but so far from the truth.

        May 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
      • HamsterDancer

        Uh, so when has it been different under ANY administration?

        May 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
      • MIKE

        AND IT WAS ALL HONESTY AND TRUTH UNDER BUSH?

        May 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • MIKE

        EVERY PRESDIDENT SINCE WILSON HAS SENT TROOPS INTO CCOMBAT FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER.WHO WAS THE LAST PRESIDENT NOT TO HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE WAR DURING HIS TIME IN OFFICE?

        May 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Netninja

      Maybe he jumped ship, just to generate more interest in comic books sales? Whether it be during Bush's term or Obama's term "doth protest too much!
      So many people just analyze situations so much that thier lifes decisions are based on false thoughts and assumptions.

      May 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
      • MIKE

        AND OCASSINALLY ON TOTAL FICTION

        May 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Pope_Nothing

      Yeah... you really wanna go down that road?

      During Bush's presidency they represented him by having LEX LUTHOR as President.

      'Nuff said.

      May 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  12. Honest131

    This is one of the poorest choices I have read about in a long time. Superman is an American. Truth, Justice, and the American Way. So now, if my hand doth offend thee, strike it off? If you do not like where I come from, I will renounce it? So we are casting out Truth and the American Way. Superman is now a hypocrit and a liar. Thousands of young boys and girls look up to a fictional person who will now feel that to be like their hero, they should want to not be American. DC Comics should reconsider this choice and the US public should boycott DC Comics if they don't. DC Comics does have the right to free speech (its an American thing) and US citizens have the right to peacefully demonstrate and not buy thier products.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • TruePatriotZ

      So you're going to boycott DC comics. Do you even buy comics? Would DC comics even notice that you are boycotting them? Have you even read the short story? It's one of six short stories in a special addition 900th issue. I guess that I'm asking too much for a moron to read a 9 page short story made up mostly of pictures.

      May 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      Nobody ever said Truth was being cast off. Truth and "The American Way" are not necessarily on the same page these days. "The American Way" used to mean liberty. We should be defending liberty... and caring little for nationalistic labels that change definition on a day to day basis. Considering the way things have gone, Superman would have been better off standing for "Truth, Justice, and Liberty". Then he would have no country from which to ever renounce citizenship.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • Pope_Nothing

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman

      "Superman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero appearing in publications by DC Comics...Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born American artist Joe Shuster in 1932 .

      American and a Canadian... International from the start.

      May 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  13. Lee L

    This is garbage..I thing we might have better things to worry about. Like an indebted country, jobs (and not the ones at McDonalds).

    May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
  14. gin

    Pretty sure he was "born" in Toronto......

    May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
  15. PurpleKU77

    As a Kansan, I find this to be very disturbing and sad. I have always thought of Superman as a Jayhawk, because his colors, Crimson and Blue (with a touch of yellow) are the colors of the mighty University of Kansas.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
  16. nkechi

    Superman has become so boring that the writers are trying out new kinds of stories to make it interesting again. Most people are interested in this new story line, not because they are not tired of Superman, but because they are curious.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • TruePatriotZ

      You do realize that this was just one short story out of a special edition 900th issue comic book that contains 6 short stories. You can't even be sure that it is part of the whole Superman continuity.

      May 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  17. Tweedle Dee

    Hey CNN, any of you guys with a degree in journalism know how to run spell check?

    May 18, 2011 at 11:56 am | Reply
  18. Chileno

    I'm surprised that no conservative blogger has pointed out that Superman is an illegal alien living in the United States...how more un-American can you be?

    May 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  19. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    That's no surprise. After the election of 2000, comic books written in NYC (the eastern capital of white guilt, apologetic anti-Americanism) took on a decidedly left-wing slant.

    So now Superman won't be fighting for the American way but instead the writers' vision of a Global way. I say we deport this illegal alien back to the rubble of Krypton!

    May 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • YouAreNotAVictim

      You have just been brainwashed by the party that doesn't represent you. But you wouldn't know that.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:14 am | Reply
  20. Nick

    Super "man" is an alien, and his plan all along is to enslave our species. Scientists should get to work on a kryptonite bomb to save us from the alien menace.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  21. faulkner

    why does any news outlet quote one of the Fox right wing fascists for a news story? just put a blank and say 'insert outraged righteous american indignation here' ... and saying that they are members of the legitimate news community is like using quotes from the National Inquirer ... there's no difference really

    May 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Christi

      You made me laugh out loud! My husband and I sometimes watch FOX news just to laugh at the complete lack of professionalism, and the over-the-top dramatic...well...you can't really call it journalism, because journalism is unbiased. Anyway, it's hillarious.

      May 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Reply
      • Scott

        You will have graduated once you figure out that all major media is just as laughable as FOX. You've just chosen which jokers to believe.

        May 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  22. NannyState

    Another shining example of the social scourge that is Political Correctness. I'm definitely boycotting DC if this is what they will do. I had been telling my wife I'd like to see Green Lantern when it comes out in June, but now you can forget that.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  23. Don (aka SuperChief)

    Guess it's time to get that tattoo removed...

    May 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  24. JohnRJ08

    Goyer is politicizing a character that has NEVER been political. Just because Superman is an American icon does NOT mean that he's perceived by ANYBODY as an instrument of American foreign policy. This is all happening entirely inside Goyer's head and he's going to ruin the character. This does not bode well for the next Superman feature film, "Man of Steel", which Goyer is writing.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • ScottTX

      I agree. Superman is adhering to the principles that his parents taught him. Those principles define him. Truth, Justice, Freedom...The American way basically. If he was an "instrument of US Foreign Policy" then you can be rest assured that the comics would substantially boring since the world would being singing kumbaiyah out of fear of US retaliation.

      The writer needs to have his head examined. Comics typically have some political aspects, but to be this blatent about it, is stupid. He is going to destroy the icon that is Superman.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • Scott

        ...except that Truth, Justice, and Freedom and not quite the way of today's America. When the definition of "America" changes (and boy, has it), then of course it the responsibility of anyone to either take on the new characteristics of the label... or to denounce it.

        May 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Pope_Nothing

      Incorrect – perhaps you really should go comment on a subject you know a little about?

      Superman comics have had decidedly political elements right from the start. The Superman comic – and most others have demonstrated some of their best capabilities when paired with social or political commentary.

      May 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  25. Clay

    Maybe the federal goverment should fine or shut donw Marvel Comics for employing illegal aliens.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  26. Clay

    Maybe the federal goverment should fine or shut down Marvel Comics for employing illegal aliens.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  27. Larkctay Entktay

    I think Superman is still a a little jaded from that 2000 election where they man who tries to destroy him and his loved ones every chance he gets, is made Commander-in-Cheif, whom, in an effort to really twist the screw, selected one of Supe's childhood friends as his VP.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  28. JoeJoe9

    Way to go Superman! Stand up for people, and fight against Capitalistic regimes. Superman was created by someone from Toronto anyway, so he is actually from Canada.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  29. Jerry

    All this means is that Superman decided to become a ultra-politically correct socialist. Sound familar? Let's ask him to leave the country so he can live in a third world country, in a hut with a dirt floor. Apparently the cartoonist, supports the one world government theory. Maybe the cartoonist can leave his New York apartment or office building, and live in a third world country. I hear Afghanistan or Iran would welcome him.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  30. Preston

    It has to be done in a foreign land in the presence of a US diplomat. There's some paperwork. There isn't a process for reinstatement so Superman better be damn sure. He thinks kryptonite is bad, wait until he faces a determined bureaucracy.

    There have been questions about his birth certificate for years anyway.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
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