In case you couldn’t guess, I hate politics. And one of the biggest reasons is because of the shattering impact it has upon suspensions of disbelief. Why do I bring this up? Because of this upcoming Superman issue.
Now let me make something very clear: I am not upset over this for any patriotic pride or anything. I am upset because this is stupid on so many levels. How many? Let’s count!
The first and biggest mistake is that Superman has (until now, anyway) been a legal citizen of the USA in the DCU.
- If you are a male over the age of 18, the USA requires you to sign up for “selective services”. This is so in case there’s ever a military draft, the government can press one into military service. The law (and Supes is always lawful, remember?) requires Kal-el to be registered in the selective service. Was he? Could the military have drafted Superman at any time?
- And was Clark Kent also registered in this? What would happen if both were drafted?
- Did Superman pay taxes? Where did the IRS send him bills? How does he declare his annual income? Actually he shouldn’t – which means Superman must be legally poor. Does the government send him welfare checks?
- Clark must also have taxes withheld from his Daily Planet paycheck, does this mean he pays taxes twice?
- Is his residence considered to be the Fortress of Solitude? Looking at a political map of the Arctic, is the Fortress in US territory? There for awhile the fortress was located in South America. Was it still considered US soil?
So anyway, Kal-el is going to renounce his citizenship. How stupid will this turn out to be?
- If the Fortress of Solitude is in the US territory of the Arctic, will he now move it to another one? (perhaps greenland) Will he then be a citizen of that nation?
- There are issues with American airspace and all that. If Superman isn’t a citizen, doesn’t that mean he should go to a customs station and get his visa stamped every time he wants to fly into America?
- But wait – you’re saying – Clark is already in America. Which is why this is so stupid! For Superman to remain within the bounds of the law, every time he changes out of his identity of Clark Kent, he has to exit the US and then enter it legally (assuming he wants to remain lawful good). And how much sense does it make for him to have two identities with different citizenship status?
The worse part is, like Batman Inc and all of its stupidity (and boy is there a lot), the answer is obvious. A lot of people have dual citizenship. Superman should be a citizen of every country on earth. And you could have gotten a good story out of that with him journeying about the world, completing tasks and stuff to earn citizenship for each country. You can have conflict where perhaps a country doesn’t want to grant it to him.
Instead we get something that’s only going to bring up more questions and strain our disbelief. I remember once when I believed a man could fly…
P.S. My comic list? Anything Green Lantern and Darkwing Duck. Trust me, they are much more awesome.