Modern Day Superman

For the first time since 1986, DC is presenting a Superman who has a renewed confidence and sense of optimism, who knows that he will succeed (and does succeed) because he fights on the side of right, and who inspires others to greatness by his actions. No longer a being of pure energy, the Man of Steel is once again the Superman everyone around the world has come to know and love.

Writer Grant Morrison is the "father" behind Superman's current revamping and, acknowledging Superman's heritage and legacy, restored Superman to his former glory through the process of recreating the "Justice League of America" with Superman as the group's leader. As one of the many elements in his revolutionary work in JLA, he has managed to adhere to DC's strict editorial limitations regarding Superman, yet to simultaneously re-define the character.

When Mr. Morrison first began writing JLA in 1997, one of his first acts was to do away with John Byrne's antagonistic relationship between Superman and Batman and return it to that of old comrades-in-arms.

Today's Superman is presented with super-intelligence and who has the powers to move small planets (JLA #7, 1997) and although Superman cannot blow-out stars with his super-breath, his descendents can (DC One Million #2, 1998).

With an improved and revamped Superman also came a long anticipated event that would be a milestone for years to come. After almost 60 years, one of the world's most famous love stories was finally resolved as Clark Kent and Lois Lane (who now know's Clark and Superman are one in the same) became husband and wife.

The historic event took place in a special 96-page Superman comic entitled Superman: The Wedding Album. It featured the return of Lois from a foreign assignment in which she busted a drug ring and the romantic reunion and re-engagement between her and Clark in the Daily Planet. After that, the book focused on common everyday wedding preparations such as the bachelor and bacherlorette parties, the purchase of wedding licenses and rings, the selection of tuxes and wedding gowns, and the selection of best man and bridesmaids. The book also featured Bruce Wayne (as Batman) in a cameo as he gave Lois and Clark a wonderful gift, a luxurious apartment in a building that he owned in Metropolis. Many people attended the wedding, including local superhero Alpha-Centurion, the chief of police Inspector Sawyer, and many family and friends. Even Lex Luthor saw the wedding, via "satellite", and mused about how Lois could choose another reporter over him. Finally, the ceremony took place in a church in Metropolis and the couple walked down the aisle, exchanged vows and rings, and were officially married. A beautiful picture featuring Lois kissing Clark (and Superman) was on a two page spread at the end of the book.

In 2003, DC Comics released a 12-issue limited series entitled Superman: Birthright, written by Mark Waid and penciled by Lenil Francis Yu; this series was a retcon of Superman's post-Crisis origin, replacing Byrne's version, but yet using many elements from that version; it also reintroduced various pre-Crisis elements discarded in Byrne's revamp, along with elements that subtly tie into the Smallville television show.

All Star Superman, launched in 2005, is an ongoing series under DC's All Star imprint, written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Frank Quitely. DC claims that this series will "strip down the Man of Steel to his timeless, essential elements". However, the version presented is clearly almost wholly based on the Pre-Crisis Silver Age version of the character, and Morrison has stated this, claiming it to be the Superman that still exists despite being retconned twenty years earlier. The All Star imprint attempts to retell some of the history of DC's iconic characters, but outside of the strict DC universe continuity.

As we begin this new millennium, one can only wonder what the future has in store for Superman and his new bride. One thing is certain though, as long as there are Superman fans around the world and creative minds like Grant Morrison's at D.C. Comics, the world will always have a Superman!