Superman renounces his American citizenship

From Comic Alliance:

The key scene takes place in “The Incident,” a short story in Action Comics #900… In it, Superman consults with the President’s national security advisor, who is incensed that Superman appeared in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime…

[S]ince Superman is viewed as an American icon in the DC Universe as well as our own, the Iranian government has construed his actions as the will of the American President, and indeed, an act of war.…

Superman replies that it was foolish to think that his actions would not reflect politically on the American government, and that he therefore plans to renounce his American citizenship at the United Nations the next day — and to continue working as a superhero from a more global than national perspective.…

From a “realistic” standpoint it makes sense; it would indeed be impossible for a nigh-omnipotent being ideologically aligned with America to intercede against injustice beyond American borders without creating enormous political fallout for the U.S. government.

(via Lemon Harangue Pie)

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7 responses to “Superman renounces his American citizenship”

  1. Ben says:

    The other guy has the longest ear hair ever.

  2. Anonmous says:

    Any dictatorship is bad. . . was’nt there a story in which Superman’s ego was manipulated and he started to take over the world? He started creating robots to ruthlessesly patrol the world and enforce his rule. . . I that happened while he was a dictator the results could be worse. History has shown us that dictatorship usually ends badly

  3. Brian Sexton says:

    If he crashed into any other country in the world he would have been arrested and studied by scientist so that they could have made the ultimate soldier and attacked the U.S. He’s ungrateful

  4. JoeS says:

    Isn’t it about time Superman takes out all the bad world leaders and sets up a benevolent dictatorship with himself as head? He could establish a parliament to run Superland (Kryptonia?)which would be answerable both to the people and to himself.

  5. James says:

    “If he crashed into any country in the world he would have been arrested and studied by scientist so that they could have made the ultimate soldier and attacked “the enemy” He’s unrealistic.”Fixed that for you

  6. DonH says:

    Did Superman ever officially become a US citizen? If I remember correctly he was born on Krypton.

  7. Parkway Diner says:

    He’s a naturalized citizen. When he arrived, he was an undocumented alien but apparently at some point (after receiving a public education in Smallville) he was able to obtain a Green Card under the false name “Clark Kent”. Of course, he arrived in the 1930′s under the Open Door Policy so that of itself is not a problem, but he was never processed through any immigration center like Ellis Island. That is to say, I presume there was no such center in rural Kansas at the time. On the plus side, all they looked for in those days were signs of infectious diseases and some basic racism, both of which he would have passed with flying colors. So his lawful residence is somewhat iffy, although any US court would certainly grant a waiver for decades of services rendered and his participation in WWII.Face it, you can’t build a fence high enough to keep out Kryptonians.

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