Superman renouncing American citizenship

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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New York, April 30: Superman will no more be an American citizen. Yes, that's true, the iconic superhero who has been a subject of mass-adulation and unmatched popularity ever since his appearance in 1938 will give up his national identity.

In the 900th edition of the Action Comics, Superman finds himself being criticised by the White House for joining young Muslims at a rally against the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.

In the forthcoming edition of the comics, the iconic superhero, reportedly says to the US President's National Security Advisor, "I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy...Truth, justice and the American way... It's not enough anymore. The world's too small. Too connected. I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my US citizenship."

"With the wind rippling over his red and blue costume as he flew through the air, through comic books, TV shows and movies, the Man of Steel has served as a prime representation of all things to which America aspires," says a report in the Huffington Post and adds, "Now, in a time of great international turmoil, Superman is giving up his national identity...By rejecting his citizenship, Superman will now work on a grander international scale, because, as he says, "truth, justice and the American way... it's not enough anymore"."

The comment has sparked a heated debate among the American fans of the superhero as they simply refuse to come to terms with the idea that in these times of globalisation and with distances between places shrinking due to wide-spread usage of technology, modern-day superheroes can no longer view right and wrong through a spectacle of confined-patriotism.

But nevertheless, the publishers of DC Comics, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio concerned at the hostility generated have come out to clarify, "Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values. As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way," it read. "In a short story in Action Comics 900, Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never-ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville."

Comics-aficionados can also recollect that Superhero is not alone to take such a step and that during the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, Captain America had also renounced his citizenship.

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