Truth, Justice...and All That Other Stuff
Superman fans are up in arms at the decision of the publisher to appoint a noted anti-gay writer to pen the Man of Steel's latest adventures.
Comic giant DC has commissioned Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning and best-selling Ender's Game sci-fi series, to write for DC's Adventures of Superman series. The digital comic is set to be published in April.
The news has sparked a furious backlash from Card's critics. Card is a long-time critic of homosexuality and has called gay marriage "the end of democracy in America". In 2009 he became a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that campaigns against same-sex marriage.
"Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way. Orson Scott Card does not stand for any idea of truth, justice or the American way that I can subscribe to," said Jono Jarrett of Geeks Out, a gay fan group. "It's a deeply disappointing and frankly weird choice."
A film of Ender's Game, co-produced by Card and starring Harrison Ford, is set to be released in November. Jarrett speculated DC was hoping pre-publicity for the movie would drive sales for the comic.
"I feel like they were hoping that no one will notice. It's a free country, and what's important is what we do here. This is a man who wants to take away my civil rights, and I will not be giving him my money," said Jarrett.
Actor Michael Hartney, who describes himself as "as big a Superman fan as you'll ever meet", has written to DC voicing his concerns about Card.
"If this was a Holocaust denier or a white supremacist, there would be no question. Hiring that writer would be an embarrassment to your company. Well, Card is an embarrassment to your company, DC," he wrote in a letter also published on Tumblr.
The Washington Times adds, "Thousands of gay-rights activists are now calling for his ouster at DC Comics. If he’s not fired, the activists say they will boycott the comic maker, Fox News reports."
So they're vowing not to read comic books as their protest? And maybe even stop watching Saturday morning cartoons, to boot? Their parents are all collectively shouting, 'bout time, kids!
The Times adds, "DC Comics is so far standing by Mr. Card’s 'personal views,'" and it will be curious to see if this division of Time-Warner-CNN-HBO can hold out. They told Glenn Reynolds that if he voted for Mitt Romney, conglomerates owned by movie studios would face outside pressure to resume their reactionary blacklist against those who don't hold the currently fashionable opinions -- and they were right!
(Curiously, Good Night and Good Luck was distributed by a division of Warner Brothers. Two studios in one?)