He’s still super, but he’s not happy about it. DC Comics’ new Superman is a sullen, brooding and angst-ridden 20-year-old who prefers a hoodie to a cape. Also his eyes glow. A new 130-page graphic novel restarts the Superman story as the Youth of Steel graduates from Smallville Junior College and heads to a Metropolis to look for a job.
“(W)e needed to make him hip, moody and sexy in order to really appeal to who are really wanting to read novels with our characters,” (DC Comics co-publisher Dan) DiDio told the Associated Press.
The new “Dark Knight” Batman is the obvious model with an assist from the romantic vampires of the Twilight series.
The old motto — “Truth, Justice and the American Way” — is out. The new Superman refuses to become “an instrument of politics or policy” of the United States, saying, “if I do what I can do just for the U.S., it’s going to destabilize the whole world. It could even lead to war.”
Don’t we have enough moody post-adolescents without creating more? Even the comic pal, Jimmy Olsen, is now a daredevil photographer known as Jim Olsen.