Comic book fans are reeling after hints that one of the longest-standing marriages in superhero history, the 15-year union between Superman and Lois Lane, may be set to end.
The rumours were started by Dan DiDio, co-publisher at DC Comics, which is currently preparing a major reboot of its 52 series by taking them all back to square one from September. DiDio told the PopcornBiz blog that the marriage between the intrepid reporter and Clark Kent, which took place in 1996, was under scrutiny.
"Let’s just say it’s being re-examined, because it’s something that I think is … so valuable to the character’s story that you really want to explore all facets of it. Not just as it exists currently," said DiDio. "I think what you’re going to see is a lot of big changes for Superman."
His comments prompted intense analysis online. "This is going to sound a little whiny and ‘tarded but, IT’S SUPERMAN AND LOIS, they should be together, even if it means yet another Lois not seeing through the glasses and eventual repeat performance of reveal and marriage," wrote one unhappy reader. Another was keen to see what a breakup might bring. "Honestly, what is it Lois and Clark were doing married that they couldn’t do single? Once that marriage hit, they were put on autopilot as a couple and nothing interesting has come of it. I’m interested in seeing how separating them works. There’s no doubt that Lois Lane will always be Superman’s girl, though." One site, BleedingCool.com, speculated that divorce could even lead to a romance between Superman and Wonder Woman.
DiDio said that the rebooted Superman "went back to the core of the character", with writer Grant Morrison "taking the character and reinventing him so you feel a real contemporary tone, a really contemporary time, but still staying true to the core. I think it’s so important for us to make sure Superman stays as relevant today as he did when he first was created back in the 30s."
As the world digested the dramatic news that the superhero’s red underpants will no longer be on public showing, Morrison himself, in a pre-recorded video message shown at the Hero Complex Film festival in Los Angeles, said he wanted "to introduce a take on Superman that’s going to be so different that no one can expect what might happen next".
"One of the things we’re going to do in this book is also to show you how Superman is, who he is, why he ended up wearing the costume that he wears, and to show kind of a different side to the character than we’ve ever seen before," he said. "I think what we want to do here is recreate that first ever superhero, Superman – our greatest-ever idea as the human species, if you ask me – for the 21st century."
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