Hey, you remember way, way back (like two weeks ago) in Action Comics #900 when Superman was all "I'm renouncing my American citizenship, nerds"? And remember how people freaked out about liberal agendas and socialism and how the terrorists were going to win?
Well? Put. The pitchforks. Down.
As we predicted, Superman seems to have already flopped on that whole "citizen of the world" platform. In Superman #711 the man in blue gets awfully sentimental when talking to young Jimmy Olsen:
"That's what America is about, really. That's the American way. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—and second chances. None of us are forced to be anything we don't want to be. When I was young I knew that I would be someone different when I grew up. I would leave home and make a new life for myself. A new start, a second chance. When I first went to Metropolis, it was full of people who'd done the same thing. People from all over America—from over the world—who went to the city to live the lives they wanted—to be the people they wanted to be. That's the idea that America was founded on, but it's not just for the people born here, it's for everyone. And it's for people like me and Livewire too."
Those last few sentences are key. He may yet renounce his citizenship, but he still thinks America is the coolest.
We have a funny feeling this turn of events won't please everyone, though. If Superman were a politician, a not insignificant amount of people would call this pandering, disingenuous even. For a guy who was all about not choosing favorite nations two seconds ago, he's suddenly one American flag pin away from running for the oval office.
What controversial thing might Superman say next? To be continued...
(via Bleeding Cool)