It seems it was just a year ago that DC was promoting an all new Superman. No red underpants! No living parents! No super marriage!
And now three writers later DC has handed its prize character over to another writer. And yesterday in the USA Today we heard even more changes are coming in Superman #13! No Daily Planet (how 1971!) No “traditional journalism” (how 1996!) and … to me the most concerning … No scruples.
I’m not talking about the way Lois was presented, a character recognized for seven decades as journalist as a hybrid of a pitbull for news and a hound dog for truth, now a management suit hand waving Clark’s complaints about the lack of hard news in the Planet. I’m hoping there is more to that story. I’m hoping there’s more to how she’s shown than in the previews. I’m hoping someone remembers the Lois who used to exist.
Really? Wait, it gets more uncomfortable. (But pretty art!)
Did Clark Kent? Did SUPERMAN just use his powers to spy on Lois’ personal email? A woman he still “has feelings for”?
What. The. Hell. Is. That?
I jokingly mentioned on “3 Chicks” a few weeks ago how I was little skeeved out by how Superman seemed a little stalkery in Justice League #12 when he just happened to find Diana just after she ended things with Steve and was clearly a little vulnerable.
And now he’s hacking via X-Ray vision into Lois’ email. Ick.
I understand the desire to boost profile of Superman before the film Man of Steel comes out next year. I understand that Batman is currently the bigger brand. But I don’t get how in one story a writer can say that Clark is going to go “Jerry Maguire” and going to stand up for “truth justice and the American Way” at the same time he’s violating the privacy of his coworkers.
Violating privacy? That’s not Superman; that’s Batman.
Some change is good. Having Clark be an blogger could be interesting.
But let’s just remember to let Batman be Batman and Superman be Superman.
And ditch the Superdickery.