Time to tweak that catchphrase "truth, justice and the American way"? Superman is renouncing his U.S. citizenship in DC's new "Action Comics #900."
According to Newsarama.com, in the story, Superman is scolded by a member of the president's security staff for appearing at a protest in Iran, with the notion that Superman's actions reflect the positions of U.S. government as a whole.
"I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy," Superman says in a panel featured on comicsalliance.com.
The move was sparking differing reactions.
"Besides being riddled with a blatant lack of patriotism, and respect for our country, Superman's current creators are belittling the United States as a whole. By denouncing his citizenship, Superman becomes an eerie metaphor for the current economic and power status the country holds worldwide," Hollywood publicist and GOP activist Angie Meyer told FOX411's Pop Tarts column.
And from Wired blogger Scott Thill: "Superman has always been bigger than the United States. In an age rife with immigration paranoia, it’s refreshing to see an alien refugee tell the United States that it’s as important to him as any other country on Earth -- which, in turn, is as important to Superman as any other planet in the multiverse."
So, Superman was born on another planet. Maybe it makes sense for him to embrace a more global identity. What do you think?
From IGN Comics:
"This past Wednesday, DC Comics released the milestone Action Comics #900, which featured a short story in which Superman gives up his U.S. Citizenship. Not only did the mainstream media and its followers blow the plot point way out of proportion, blaming DC and the creators behind the tale of being unpatriotic and other such nonsense, but they failed to report the story correctly. I didn't think it was hard to actually read a story before commenting on it in a public forum, but I've been wrong before.
So just for the record: Superman gives up citizenship to help the U.S. The story acknowledges Superman's association as an American icon and uses it for dramatic effect when his own actions are misconstrued by another country as an act of war in the name of the United States. Despite the conflicting editorial direction with the ongoing "Grounded" story arc, this has nothing to do with any real world politics. And judging by the fact that DC has yet to even acknowledge the "controversy" publicly, it's clear that they weren't anticipating it, nor do they think that it's something worth discussing at length.
And aside from that, Superman belongs to the world, regardless of what country he originated in or what a decades-old slogan proclaims. If the world needs anything in this day and age, it's an omnipresent unifying icon; who better than the Man of Steel?
UPDATE: It seems that DC Comics co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee have made a statement to the New York Post:
"Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values. As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way. In a short story in Action Comics #900, Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville."
Take that, Fox News"