. . . And I don’t care.
This has generated a lot of controversy, but really, is it that important? Maybe this is just me being cynical, but it seems clearly designed to be a way to get attention. If it were a TV show, I’d call it a blatant ratings stunt. It’s the 900th issue of Action Comics and they needed some way to generate attention. They’d already killed Superman off before, so they wouldn’t be able to get actual news coverage for that again.
The logical way to get attention was to have Superman do something flagrantly political. And it worked. News organizations have reported on it, including Reuters, The Associated Press and NPR. Comments sections have burst into flames with people arguing over the decision.
For the record, to renounce American citizenship a person must:
“appear in person before a U.S. consular or diplomatic officer in a foreign country (normally at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate); and sign an oath of renunciation.” (Source)
I’m pretty sure that the United Nations does not count as a U.S. Embassy or Consultate. Not only that, but there is paperwork involved (and a $450 fee), so simply saying “I renounce my citizenship” would do absolutely nothing. And I guarantee that Superman isn’t about to reveal his identity in order to do the necessary paperwork. Oh, and renouncing United States citizenship isn’t something a person can just take back. It is irrevocable, and lasts for the rest of the person’s life.
If Superman did go through the hassle of renouncing citizenship, he would no longer have the right to vote, or the right to live in or freely travel in the United States. Admittedly, the government would have a hard time actually enforcing this, but it will effectively make Superman an outlaw. Which is incredibly stupid and ill-conceived. There is a reason that Superman is known as a Boy Scout, and it isn’t because he enjoys flagrantly breaking the law.
For anyone that this comic offended: really, there’s no reason to be upset.
This is a meaningless gesture done to help generate sales for the 900th issue of Adventure Comics. It’s worth noting that the United States in the DCU bears only a passing resemblance to reality. In the DCU, there are many government organizations and groups that do not have a real world equivalent (the D.E.O., Checkmate, the Suicide Squad, etc.). A supervillain was elected president.
Regardless of whether he’s an American citizen, Superman will remain a champion of truth, justice and freedom.