Farnham - why was Superman even at that rally? That's the politics I'm talking about. As David said, its inconsistent with the character as previously portrayed.
DavidG wrote:Superman has ALWAYS been the truly OUTED undocumented alien! Now the interesting problem is that Clark Kent would still be considered an American citizen. Interesting conscience and legal problems there.. but NOTHING that would, I think, make for an interesting story line.
I agree completely. That would make a great subject for a novel, not a graphic novel.
Here's an excerpt from what A Weekly Standard blogger said about Goyer's rewriting of Superman:
What does 'citizen of the Universe' even mean?"
"Will Superman now adhere to the Tamaran code of honor?" writer Jonathan Last lamented, "Will he follow the Atlantean system of monarchy? 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."
This hits on it exactly. Superman as a character is about much more than just his powers. He's been the ultimate in nature vs nurture and an intregal part of his character, what makes him as Batman said "the best of us", is his unfailing belief in the the inherent good of the US CITIZENS. He has at times railed against the government, but he has always seen himself (again, as previously portrayed) as representing what is best in the people of the US. This flies in the face of all that history, if you'll pardon the pun. What exactly is a Superman without his grounding and motivating beliefs?
I love comics. They are entertainment and I understand that. In the bigger picture though, they are our legends. They form our social conscious and conscience as much as the stories of Hercules, Achilles and Ulysses formed the social conscious and conscience of ancient Greece. They influence children as they grow up. I am the man I am today in part because of the comics I read as a kid back then.
In any media be it a comic, a radio show, a movie or a television show, the writers have a duty to be consistent with the character as previously portrayed. It is one thing to show a character growing and changing shaped by the events in their virtual lives, but it another thing altogether to make a character do something purely for the headlines or the impact doing so has on the public. This is irresponsible stewardship of an American icon, plain and simple. THAT is what gets my goat. Superman has always been hyper conscious of his image and avoided doing things while as Superman because of it. That has been portrayed in conversations Clark Kent has had with Bruce Wayne and others that are aware of his secret ID.
If David Goyer wants to demonstrate his hatred of the US, he's a creative guy; he can create a character that is a hero of epic proportions (Superman is not the most powerful hero in DC's stable, nor does he have to be) that espouses a liberal agenda, he is free to do so. I would even encourage him to do so. One of the things I loved about the Green Lantern/Green Arrow comics in the 70s and 80s was that GL was a staunch conservative and GA was a stanch liberal yet they were great friends. When it was revealed that Speedy was a heroin addict (way back in the 70s), GL stood by him and helped him deal with it. There are ways of getting your message across while still being loyal to the characters you use.
"When the mob and the press and the whole WORLD tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the River of Truth and tell the whole WORLD:
'No, YOU move.'" - Captain America
It's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die.
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.
- Herman Hupfeld
Veritas et Lux et Vitae