GeekGround DC doubles down - Superman reveal - NOT a fake out

10/21/19 9:38 AM
1/1/01
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From https://www.newsarama.com/47478-superman-s-big-secret-will-be-revealed-in-december-spoilers.html
 
Writer Brian Michael Bendis has confirmed that when Clark Kent reveals that he is Superman to the world in December's Superman #18, the change will last for the foreseeable future.
 
The circumstances of the reveal, which was first announced in DC's December 2019 solicitations, have not been disclosed, but writer Bendis tells the New York Times his planned twist will open up "1000 Superman stories that have never been told."
 
Superman's identity has been revealed before, most recently a 2015 story in which he was outed as Clark Kent. However, Bendis assures readers his version of this turn of events won't be a gimmick or flash-in-the-pan.
 
"I don't do fake-out stories," Bendis explained. "I did a story where Daredevil was outed - a different kind of outing - but that was his reality for 15 years."
 
"Everybody who's ever been in contact with him is going to have a completely different perspective and reaction to this," Bendis continued, spelling out the reveal's ramifications. "Some heroes are going to be thrilled, some heroes are going to be livid, some villains are going to change their ways." 
 
Bendis went to say he and other DC writers including Matt Fraction and Greg Rucka are already "hundreds of story pages in," implying the change in status quo is meant to last.  
 
Finally, Bendis added the story will call into question whether someone with Superman's abilities can also be trusted to do Clark Kent's job as a journalist ethically, without using his powers to circumvent the law.
 
Superman #18 is due out December 11, followed by Superman: Heroes (announced in DC's just released January 2020 solicitations), a one-shot showcasing the fallout from Superman's big reveal on January 29. January's Action Comics #1019 and Superman #19 also deal with the new storyline or status quo, depending on your point of view. 
10/21/19 10:07 AM
3/7/05
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Bendis doesn't do fake-out stories? Ok, sure.

Honestly the revealed identity thing is stupid. The only people REALLY in danger would be Lois and Ma Kent. It might be better to have Supes decide to set Clark aside, be Superman all the time and have Clark 'die'. Have not seen that one before.

10/23/19 1:16 PM
8/20/16
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I have to admit, DC Comics is taking the character on a fresh and exciting journey that is sure to delight fans and forge a bold new direction for the comic industry as a whole.

 

I can't wait until he and Lois make a deal with Lucifer to undo the reveal.

10/23/19 2:40 PM
1/1/01
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BigWilliam - Bendis doesn't do fake-out stories? Ok, sure.

Honestly the revealed identity thing is stupid. The only people REALLY in danger would be Lois and Ma Kent. It might be better to have Supes decide to set Clark aside, be Superman all the time and have Clark 'die'. Have not seen that one before.

Other than the Death of Clark Kent...

https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Superman:_The_Death_of_Clark_Kent
10/23/19 2:47 PM
3/7/05
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BiggGunn - 
BigWilliam - Bendis doesn't do fake-out stories? Ok, sure.

Honestly the revealed identity thing is stupid. The only people REALLY in danger would be Lois and Ma Kent. It might be better to have Supes decide to set Clark aside, be Superman all the time and have Clark 'die'. Have not seen that one before.

Other than the Death of Clark Kent...

https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Superman:_The_Death_of_Clark_Kent

Well... I have not seen it since I didn't read that! ;)
Edited: 1/2/20 1:13 PM
10/18/17
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!!!!

26 days ago
11/16/08
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He can always start another identity by combing his hair to the other side and wearing a fake mustache.

26 days ago
6/30/09
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And absolutely zero people cared....

25 days ago
1/1/01
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TwoFatNuts - 

And absolutely zero people cared....


Probably because no one cares about DC comics at the moment. DC has zero consistency or continuity - actually, they haven't had consistency or continuity since Rebirth. So when the stories don't matter, why should anyone care?

Another factor is the overwhelming belief this is a stunt that will either be undone, not treated seriously, or both. (A brief digression - if you treated Superman revealing he's Clark Kent, the very next day Clark's wife and son would be dead, his parents would be dead and anyone Clark ever said hello to would be kidnapped and used to force Superman to do whatever. That's what would happen if you treated this storyline seriously)

One other factor, no one cares about Superman. From a comic sales perspective, DC is Batman and whatever event DC happens to have going on. Superman is a distant second - which is probably why DC approved this stunt.

Or at least those would be my guesses.

25 days ago
3/7/05
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Add into this they are retconning everything AGAIN to make WW the foundation of the entire thing and it just adds to the mess.