Superman needs saving
Can somebody please save Superman? He seems to be going through a bit of a crisis.
Eighteen months ago, he was a successful reporter for the Daily Planet, he was happily married to Lois Lane and he spent his spare time fighting for truth, justice and the American way.
Now, he’s pashing Wonder Woman, and this week we learnt he has quit his job and is starting up a blog. And by the way, you know we are in trouble when even the Man of Steel doesn’t think he can save print journalism.
The change of lifestyle isn’t all his fault.
To made a long and ludicrous story short, last year the another hero went back in time to save his mother. This messed up the timeline, erasing the back story of other comic book characters .
One character became gay. Another was no longer in a wheelchair. And they even added a Muslim Green Lantern.
But Superman is the one they’ve really mucked around with.
Sure, there have been plenty of modernisations over the years.
He died. Came back to life. Lost his powers, got them back. And for a small period of time, he was this weird blue energy creature.
But despite all of this, some things remained constant.
He is supposed to be a mild mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper. He is not a pimply faced blogger typing anonymously in the basement.
He is supposed to leap tall buildings in a single bound. He is not supposed to jump the shark.
And he is not supposed to be chasing tail with other superheroes.
By taking these things away from him, the writers have destroyed something that was pure. Superman is the original superhero. He is iconic. Mythic.
Watching this happen to Superman is like watching someone you respect fall into a mid life crisis.
For the past 80 years, Superman has faced Kryptonite, evil geniuses, alien overlords and - in one case - a US president.
But the writers, in their attempt to get headlines and new readers, may have succeeded where others have failed.
They may have actually killed Superman for good.
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