Superman will be renouncing his U.S. Citizenship. Because apparently comic books still exist and people still read them I guess.
Regardless of circulation and readership, the Man of Steel, will no longer be America’s own, but rather a citizen of the world.
As the scintillating and super realistic dialogue of the comic says, “The world’s to small, too connected—which is why I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I’m renouncing my U.S. citizenship.” Some guy who I don’t know then answers incredulously and profoundly, “What?” And then Superman responds: “I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy.”
This drastic decision was brought about because for some reason Superman was in Iran helping out non-violent protestors or something like that.
On the one hand, whatever. It’s a comic. And, um, Superman is an illegal alien anyway, literally. And, again, it’s a comic.
On the other hand, Superman is—or at least was—an American icon, standing up for truth, justice, and the American Way. And while America succumbs to a multiculturalism where morals and tradition are generally rendered moot, Superman stood for a code, and honor, and goodness. He represented everything great about America: strength, conviction, and unwavering principles.
Superman was an orphan—albeit with superhuman powers via a strange and powerful planet—from a small town, who became the defender of America. He was a true American success story. Not to mention a much more palatable embodiment of the American Dream than, say, Jay Gatsby floating face down in his pool.
So, while Superman renouncing his U.S. citizenship to become a citizen of the world probably doesn’t change anything, it’s a sad reminder of where we are as a society. America is growing weaker, not necessarily because of the falling dollar or rising unemployment or government handouts or illegal immigration (although, those things are symptoms), but because we’ve lost hold of the principles and convictions that once made America great. Those same principles that Superman stood for.
Either that or it’s just a stupid comic desperately trying to get more readers.