Clark Kent Leaves The Daily Planet for Online Journalism in Superman Update — and What’s Up With That ‘Disturbing Text Message’ About His Ex, Lois Lane?

Oct 23, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Superman’s alter ego is leaving his job at The Daily Planet, which he has had since 1940, and appears poised to start his own online publication, USA Today reports. The developments are just part of a series of updates in store for the Man of Steel in issue 13 of DC Comics’ “Superman,” due out Wednesday.

Clark Kent reportedly will have a "Jerry Maguire" moment and resign from the newspaper, railing against how journalism has devolved into entertainment, the story notes.

In another “art imitates life” twist, Kent’s move is sparked by The Daily Planet’s purchase by the media conglomerate Galaxy Broadcasting, the story adds. "This is really what happens when a 27-year-old guy is behind a desk and he has to take instruction from a larger conglomerate with concerns that aren’t really his own," said "Superman" writer Scott Lobdell.

"He is more likely to start the next Huffington Post or the next Drudge Report than he is to go find someone else to get assignments or draw a paycheck from," Lobdell added.

“But that’s just one of many plot points of note in the new issue,” the report notes. “Superman pushes the limits of his powers, Clark sees a disturbing text message regarding Lois Lane and her new boyfriend, and a new Kryptonian threat is also introduced that will begin a crossover story involving the stars of ‘Superboy’ and ‘Supergirl.’”

Superman, who was married to Lois Lane, has moved on, the story notes, including recently sharing a kiss with Wonder Woman in an issue of “Justice League.” But of course he still has strong feelings for Lois.

Meanwhile, traditionally mild-mannered Clark appears to be on the verge of becoming a bit less mild. Says Lobdell: "Rather than Clark be this clownish suit that Superman puts on, we’re going to really see Clark come into his own in the next few years as far as being a guy who takes to the Internet and to the airwaves and starts speaking an unvarnished truth."


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