Did Superman once renounce his American citizenship?

On November 18th, 2014, /u/IrateGinger asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

I remember a few years ago, when I wasn’t reading a lot of comics, there was talk about a Superman story where he was going to renounce his American citizenship, but I never heard what came about from this. Did he permanently give it up? Or did he get it back later? Or did the writers just kinda ignore it?


The most relevant details are in this Screenrant piece, but yeah, it did happen – kinda – in Action Comics #900. But it’s a bit more complicated.

UntitledYou can read the synopsis of the plot here on the DC Wikia, but here are the relevant details from the Screenrant piece:

This whole ordeal arose from the nearly 100-page issue of Action Comics #900 that was released on Wednesday. Being a celebratory issue – indeed, 900 comics are a whole lot of comics – in addition to the main storyline by Paul Cornell, there are several back-up stories by various writers and even a storyboarded screenplay by Superman: The Movie director, Richard Donner.

The 9-page back-up story that set off the controversy in question, “The Incident,” was written by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer … and drawn by Miguel Sepulveda.

Here’s what you need to know about Goyer’s story before you decide whether or not to be livid about it:

  • Superman, not Clark Kent, stated his plans to renounce his American citizenship
  • Superman, not Clark Kent, stated his plans to renounce his citizenship because he doesn’t want his world-saving/interfering ways to be used against America anymore.
  • This was a back-up story written by David S. Goyer – not a typical comic book writer.
  • This will probably never again be referenced, by Paul Cornell or anyone else at DC.
  • This back-up story might not even be in continuity.


Certainly the following is a good point:

If DC Comics wanted to actually change Superman’s citizenship in a serious, line-wide fashion, they wouldn’t have let David Goyer write it and it wouldn’t have been nine pages in the back of a milestone issue. They would’ve had one of their go-to writers do the job – maybe Paul Cornell, maybe Geoff Johns. It would’ve been its own storyline with every single major character (Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, and so on) making an appearance to say something about, I don’t know — America.


As is this:

In sum, the media, the Internet, everybody everywhere, have blown this whole situation way out of proportion. This isn’t (in my humble opinion) DC’s attempt to de-Americanize Superman as a character, and there’s no evidence that this story even belongs in DCU canon.

Now, I’m not supporting all of the analysis of the story by Ben Moore at Screenrant, but it does give a good breakdown and I do agree that, from memory, this wasn’t referenced again.

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