David Goyer Hates America
*Welcome to my first installment of Eternal Dammnation, my column for passionate discourse.
The opinions expressed here do not reflect those of World of Superheroes though the columnist thinks it should just because he is always right.*
I couldn’t sleep. Up thirty-six hours already and a ten hour graveyard to come and I was pissed off, restless and ready to uncap a whole bunch of vitriol. April 27, 2011 is the darkest day of my comic book reading life. The saddest day to occur in comic’s history for me. As I tried to commiserate with the likeminded on message boards and Facebook one thing became apparently clear. We don’t have to stand for it. I pulled out the soapbox, shined it up, and cleaned out the mega phone real good and now I want to discuss the BLATANT DISREGARD FOR TRADITION, VALUES, AND THE LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY IN THE CARETAKING OF THE FIRST AND GREATEST SUPERHERO, SUPERMAN BY SELLING HIM OUT FOR CHEAP POLITICAL talking points AND A GIMMICK. Is this thing on?
In case you didn’t hear, Superman renounced his American citizenship (Action #900) in an obvious political message by Hollywood liberal type David Goyer. Yep that David Goyer, the scriptwriter that grungifies everything, (even Batman is whiny in his films) and is currently the pen on the atrociously cast Superman: The Man of Steel – the new 2012 movie from “I can’t make a live action comic book movie since 1986 to save my life” Warner Brothers. (Watchmen exempted). Coincidentally (or not) Zach Snyder of said poorly casted Man of Steel recently hired a Brit to play Superman (ugh) and a Tudor no less. I have a real problem with this. First I hear Superman will be played by a non-American, and then Goyer and DC make sure he is not one in comics either.
After the testimonies by Siegel and Shuster themselves that Superman embodied the perfect American story, and related it to their own American success story. You know Truth, justice and the American Way! They wouldn’t jack with the very spirit of the character would they? To what end? Why would they do this?
To what end indeed.
First I suppose (since this will be the last of anything with an S on it I will be a part of for a while) I better catch you up in context and share this “story” with you.
First of all after purchasing mine, I was initially ecstatic. There were 2 in my little grocery store newsstand isle along with an FF#2 and I purchased both. I, like a taunted dragon flew home, hope enticed to giddy, and sat down with Action Comics #900. The Original. 900 consecutive issues! I began as you would suspect with the first story (hooray me!). I was pleasantly surprised by Cornell’s finale to The Black Ring. Every person from Reign of the Supermen is on the great page 53 below.
The art and story could have easily disappointed and did not; I so barely hung to the end of the insufferably trite “Grounded” storyline that had potential. It was also impaled on a big pike of political correctness, cheap sentiment and no real depth. This was a bipolar contrast to this and I was pumped up! Now because it’s an anniversary issue there are some bonus stories too. Great! I’m in! The first three Life Support (Lindelof, Sook, Hill), Autobiography (Dini, Silva Lean) and Friday Night in the 21st Century- one page full of stories (Johns and Frank) were touching, cute and light in that order but brilliant short reads.
..3 shorts that I read the ones after Goyer’s Incident did not get read.. for obvious reasons of trauma
Then I came to “The Incident” a sick twisted joke of a title on the most egregious defilement of THE characters core, shrugging it off as just the “next logical thing”. I did not know this at the time however and began reading. OK, stay with me here. Agent Gabriel Wright has requested a meeting with Superman and Supes shows up, on the PRESIDENT’S request (hmm which president? I realize it’s probably not Obama but it’s weird.) Wright scolds Superman for going to Iran to stand with the protesters against their oppressors. This makes it look like the U.S. is supporting this and is a problem. The government takes precautions with Kryptonite snipers against the most powerful being on the planet that was just in Iran and Superman is offended. Really Supes? So Superman talks in fashion about how he was inspired by the brave Iranians, cool, I will go with that. Then my head spins round, my mouth begs me to eat my eyes and retract what I just read that ruins Superman. Superman renounces saying he is an alien and has been thinking too small. He would not want to people to think he makes policy. He then tells that after he leaves the protesters give a flower to their oppressors and that made it worth it. That group of oppressors opened fire as soon as Supes left. Another unrealistic no impossible outcome ignored by globalist dreamers. When it dawns on me what has happened, how I have been blindsided, cheated, connived and Superman is stained beyond my mental grasp I get furious. Luckily within a couple hours 75 of us were all in agreement 25 against on Facebook.
This is NOT a logical step in character development for if it was there would be logic in it. Clark still lives all the perks of America, cushy job, wife, and nice apartment. But Superman renounced his citizenship. Neither Clark nor Superman would be that hypocritical, Clark who the character actually is (Superman is his disguise) would feel guilty to the point of distraction over this, he barely could live with not telling Lois. The renunciation to abstain from politics would be in character but Superman does it to operate independently IN political hot spots UNCHALLENGED and godlike. Why Infinite Crisis if he learned nothing. After “Grounded” where he walked to reconnect with the American people he would just renounce his HOME. No not a logical character development despite Superman saying (can you hear the agenda here?) “It was an act of civil disobedience. Non-violent Resistance.” Ok very Timothy Leary but not Superman. Then to throw logical development further out the window, this is what logically should follow. Supes succeeds from the JLA, Legion, and JSA etc. for not wanting to speak for them either, or be misconstrued, for who wants Bats getting extra persecution in Gotham. Then Supes tolerates no terrorism, no violence, no war, no nukes, no cancer, no obesity because he can’t play favorites to causes OR countries. Brainiac Darkseid and all the Galactic threats get the rest of the Universe sans earth to play in because Supes is alone and far too busy. Seeing this he renounces his Earth citizenship for the Universe and is rarely on earth to defend it any more. Modern- ha. Logical, ha.Progress…ive yes!
This IS a contrivance for an agenda made to look like a plot device and poorly planned at that. If they also explain away the British Superman (ugh) I’m sure that is OK by them too. This works for college idealists and indoctrinating children but not the grizzled and the jaded. Do not give movie and TV people comics unless they have one of four names Dini, Timm, Straczynski, or Whedon for starters. Like Tim Krung they will run out of juice for Superheroes in a running long term format.
This IS a propagation of an “I am ashamed to be American” chic meant to further dilute our traditions, culture and push us toward a global currency, government, and religion. Unintentional or not that is what this self-loathing American act is getting us. Superman stands for Truth Justice and the American Way and all are capitalized because they are embodiment ideals of America. Let’s separate the American politics and the American dream out first. American politics is all that stuff people suffering from hate-chic spew when you say American Way –“Sweet Christ, if i was superman id have given up American citizenship years ago. Someone explain to what the American way is? Grotesque consumerism, imperialism, war mongering, idiotic political bickering on guns versus health care? What else can we add in? Political interference in international affairs? Raping the environment? Take a look around. Take a good hard look. Do you know why Superman doesn’t want to be an American? Because he’s better than you and you hate him for it.” This is an exact quote from the board yesterday.
Not American Way that is American politics and policy.
The American Dream is 2 cars a picket fence, wife, kids, pursuits of happiness.
The American Way is this, an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, God Family Country in that order, freedom to worship wherever whenever, freedom of the press, The right to think up an idea see it through on guts and smarts while helping your neighbor when asked but minding your own business when not asked, if you can dream it and work hard enough you still need to look for opportunity and be smart enough to achieve it. Personal space, accountability, and the ability to move freely without government constraint are the I-beams. Does anyone remember MY America because where I live it is largely still like that. These are the ideals that go with that citizenship that was given to him by a grateful people somewhere in his convoluted continuity. In 9 pages (heretofore referred to by me as the 9 pages of Doom) Goyer canceled baseball, punched mom, stomped apple pie, extinguished fireworks, stripped Uncle Sam and kicked a Boy Scout in the groin.
My opinion stated there is this. I am boycotting anything with an S crest until this is rectified, especially at the box office next year. Join me or do not it will make no difference to me. I took my 900 back for a refund, the clerk said I read it – no way, I told him why and he gawked at me and threw both copies away then refunded me. “I never thought I would see the day”, said the 55 year old non comic book fan. But all American, top to shoe and even to him Superman is more than colored paper and an author’s political agenda/whimsy.
For the best rebuttal posted on worldofsuperheroes.com in comments section I will give from my own collection Captain Satan #1 and #2. For the best Defense of this opinion posted I will give Ash #0 and #1(Quesada/Palmiotti).
This excludes Elliott Serrano who will banter with me for free….!