Clark Kent quits The Daily Planet in new 'Superman' issue
Clark Kent quits his job at The Daily Planet in "Superman" issue No. 13 due out on Wednesday, October 24.
In the issue, The Daily Planet publisher Perry White chastises Clark for not filing a new story on his Superman beat. During the confrontation with White and Lois Lane in White's office, Kent's dialogue rivals Will McAvoy of "The Newsroom" on the state of journalism today.
Kent later has a "'Jerry Maguire'-type moment" when he quits in front of the whole staff and talks about how journalism has been moving more toward entertainment, according to USA Today, which has a sneak peek of the issue.
"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," Scott Lobdell, the new "Superman" writer explained to USA Today. "Superman is arguably the most powerful person on the planet, but how long can he sit at his desk with someone breathing down his neck and treating him like the least important person in the world?"
One more thing readers should know about the revamped Superman/Clark Kent -- which began last year with DC Comic's reboot of several characters in their universe called "The New 52" -- is that Lois and Clark are not together. She is dating a new guy and Superman recently shared a kiss with Wonder Woman in an issue of "Justice League."
Following Clark's departure from The Daily Planet is its entertainment reporter Cat Grant, who also quits her post at the paper.
"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," Lobdell said.
The writer added that it is unlikely Clark will run to another Metropolis publication for work.
"I don't think he's going to be filling out an application anywhere," Lobdell said. "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."
DC Entertainment noted in its own statement that it is not the first time Clark had left his job at The Daily Planet.
"This is the beginning of a multifaceted story line that will challenge Clark on all levels -- personally and professionally, as both himself and as Superman," a DC Entertainment spokesperson said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times. "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."
Clark's job is not the only plot tackled in the new issue. The comic is also introducing a new Kryptonian character named H'el who Lobdell describes as "a pretty horribly tragic character."
The character's storyline will play out for several issues and will crossover with "Supergirl" and "Superboy."
Superman will be back on the big screen next year in a film helmed by "300" director Zack Snyder called "Man of Steel." The movie stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Russell Crowe as Superman's biological father Jor-El.
The film also stars Michael Shannon as the villain General Zod and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. Christopher Nolan, director of the new "Batman" films, including "The Dark Knight Rises," is also a part of the "Superman" reboot. He and his writing partner, David S. Goyer, have penned the script for "Man of Steel." Nolan is also on board as a producer.
The film is set to hit theaters on June 14, 2013. Check out two teaser trailers below.