Deanne Cooper Staff Writer
For some of the fans of the “Superman” comics, there has been uproar and outrage since last month over the appointment of Orson Scott Card to pen an upcoming “Adventures of Superman” issue for DC Comics. It was announced that Card would write a “Superman” digital first, which is scheduled to release in April. Once the announcement was made, fans took to the internet and created a petition via AllOut.org. The petition, to date, has over 16,000 signatures.
Card, the great-great grandson of Brigham Young, is a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a very outspoken activist against the practice of homosexuality and gay marriage. He also is a seat holder on the board of directors for the National Organization for Marriage, a group known for its efforts to prevent legalization of same sex marriages.
Glen Weldon, freelancer for the NPR, had this to say of the controversy, “DC Comics has handed the keys to the ‘Champion of the Oppressed’ to a guy who has dedicated himself to oppress me, and my partner, and millions of people like us.” “It represents a fundamental misread of who the character is, and what he means.”
Award winning artist, Chris Sprouse, was set to illustrate the comic penned by Card, but has recently withdrawn from the project due to all of the turmoil surrounding it. In a statement made by Sprouse, he gives his reasons for his withdrawal citing, “The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with.”
The DC controversy has raised warning flags for Summit, who is set to release a film adaptation of Card’s award winning 1985 sci-fi novel, “Ender’s Game” in November. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Summit is now trying to figure out how to handle Card’s involvement with the film and how it could affect the film’s publicity.