The Real Problem With Superman's New Writer Isn't Bigotry, It's Fascism

Noah Berlatskybyline‚ Feb. 20‚ 2013

Orson Scott Card's anti-gay beliefs would do more than contradict the Man of Steel's inherent goodness.

What is Superman's greatest superpower?

Most people probably would argue for super-strength, though there might be votes for super-invulnerability or super-speed or super-flight as well. If you're a super-contrarian with a few too many back issues in mylar bags, you might pipe up in favor of heat vision or x-ray vision or telescopic vision or super-breath or, in this decadent age, super-kissing.

However, Ben Saunders, an associate professor of English at the University of Oregon, suggests that Superman's ultimate power is something different altogether. In his book Do The Gods Wear Capes?, Saunders argues that since his first appearance in 1938, Superman has been defined as a "moral agent who acts always out of his commitment to 'the good.'" For Saunders, then, it isn't superstrength or superkissing which makes Superman what he is; it is super-goodness.