Controversy or no controversy, Orson Scott Card's new Superman story for DC Comics will be published ... eventually.
Back in February, DC announced Adventures of Superman, a digital-first series that would feature a variety of out-of-continuity Superman stories from creators like Marv Wolfman, Bruce Timm and Orson Scott Card. The announcement of Card's involvement in the project caused immediate controversy because of his longstanding, outspoken stance against gay marriage, a view that has also generated plenty of controversy in the lead-up to the release of the film based on his novel Ender's Game. Though DC Comics issued a statement shortly after the Adventures of Superman announcement saying that Card's views did not reflect the views of the company, the controversy continued. Comics retailers and fans began pledging to boycott the series if Card was involved, and in March artist Chris Sprouse backed out of drawing Card's story, citing a fear that the media coverage of the controversy would take away from the actual work.
Card's Superman story was originally supposed to kick off the series, but 14 issues into Adventures of Superman's digital run (as of July 29), the story remains on hold. Some readers and retailers likely hoped it would stay that way, but according to DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, the story's not dead.
"We’re searching for an artist to work on that story so it’s been tabled until that happens," Lee said.
DiDio then added, "We have a number of projects that started at the same time, so it moved back in the queue and we have other ones that are further along in production that we’re moving with first."
When asked again if Card's story would still be published eventually, DiDio answered simply "Yes."
So, even as controversy continues to swirl around Card thanks to Ender's Game, DC Comics is sticking by its decision to print his Superman comic sometime in the future. But how soon? An artist for the story still hasn't been found, apparently, so perhaps the company's waiting until after Ender's Game to address the issue again, in the hope that the controversy will have died down a bit.
What do you think? Is this a smart move for DC? And will we really see the comic anytime soon?