If even Clark Kent is abandoning print journalism, the industry might really have no hope.
Ever since the first “Superman” comic in 1938, Clark Kent has been a journalist at Metropolis’ Daily Planet — but in the upcoming “Superman #13,” the intrepid reporter quits his job with a flourish in the newsroom. Apparently, it’s part of a larger story about news, entertainment, and the blurring line between the two. Clark Kent and “The Newsroom’s” Will McAvoy should probably get together and have a beer.
DC issued the following statement about the bold move: In SUPERMAN #1 Clark Kent,
after a heated discussion with Morgan Edge (the owner of The Daily
Planet’s parent company, Galaxy Broadcasting), leaves his position as a
reporter at The Daily Planet. This is the beginning of a multi-faceted
storyline that will challenge Clark on all levels – personally and
professionally, as both himself and as Superman. This is not the first
time in DC Comics history that Clark Kent has left the Planet, and this
time the resignation reflects present-day issues – the balance of
journalism vs. entertainment, the role of new media, the rise of the
citizen journalist, etc. Over the next several issues, readers will
enjoy the many surprises in store for Clark, as the “H’el on Earth”
The storyline is part of “The New 52,” a revamped version of the DC Comics classics which has reintroduced favorite characters with an updated, modern outlook.
What do you think of Clark’s career change? Maybe he should consider a career in blogging, or social media? Perhaps there’s an opening at Instagram.