Brian Michael Bendis Announces He’s Leaving Superman

Brian Michael Bendis

When DC Comics announced back in late 2017 that Brian Michael Bendis was defecting from Marvel to write both “Action Comics” and “Superman,” it was big news, with many fans excited to see how the prolific writer would handle the Man of Steel.

While Bendis’ run has received mixed reviews, the writer announced that his time writing Superman is coming to an end.

“I’m heading toward the end of my run on Superman,” Bendis revealed on David Harper’s Off Panel podcast. “So I’ve been more reflective on it and… I will never be more grateful than I got to heal my near-death experience through Superman and then get through this pandemic.”

Before signing with DC, Bendis had an MRSA infection that went septic and saw him spend nearly a month in hospital, with multiple visits to the ICU.

Bendis’ biggest change to Superman saw the Man of Steel reveal his Clark Kent secret identity to the world. Whether the next writer, whoever that might be, decides to somehow put that genie back in the bottle remains to be seen.

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June 9, 2020 9:09 pm

Don’t even need a explanation as long as the secret ID is restored. Just start the issue with it back and go on from there! Here’s hoping for much better days ahead.

June 10, 2020 12:42 am
Reply to  MattComics

And here’s to hoping that they restore Jon’s age and fix the whole evil Jor-el angle. Jor-el isn’t Darth Vader. I never liked that idea.

June 10, 2020 10:42 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Yes and same deal. Don’t even bother with some mulitpart blah blah or SecretCivilCrisisofFlashpoint52.0 to fix it back just move on and leave that BS in the dust!

June 10, 2020 11:14 am
Reply to  MattComics

Hear hear !

June 10, 2020 3:33 pm
Reply to  MattComics

Leave it as far in the dust as possible. Maybe let the past two years be just a nightmare for Superman. Fix it all in one issue.

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June 11, 2020 6:55 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Here is my solution: the spectre can wipe the world’s memory that superman and Clark Kent are one and the same. Except his loved ones and closest allies.

June 11, 2020 2:51 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Lois wakes up,and Clark steps out of the shower saying she must’ve had a hell of a dream.

June 9, 2020 9:56 pm

Words cannot express how happy I am to hear this.

June 10, 2020 11:45 am

Three cheers for this news.
Hip hip hooray!
Hip hip hooray!
Hip hip hooray!

June 9, 2020 10:01 pm

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

June 10, 2020 12:43 am
Reply to  afriend

I could not have said it better afriend. 🙂

June 10, 2020 9:37 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Now if they could just give us a Superman series starring Brandon Routh on HBOmax, that would really make us happy. So WB, how about that Brandon Routh Superman HBOmax series? Hint hint, wink wink.

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June 9, 2020 11:51 pm

I guess that putting Bendis on Superman is like the new Looney Toons on HBO MAX taking away Elmer Fudd’s gun. It just ain’t the same. Hopefully whoever takes over the writing chores on Superman finds a way to undo the mess that Bendis has made.

Peace Whoga

June 10, 2020 2:29 pm
Reply to  Whogaman

Man, as if editing guns out of E.T. wasn’t silly enough. (didn’t they eventually put them back or am I mistaken? I’ve avoided watching for years because of that edit).
Really I don’t want to have to slog through some transitional phase while the next writer spends 6 months to a year cleaning up after Bendis. Maybe one panel where Clark wakes up and goes “..whew, ok no more root beer and pizza after 9pm.” and then slips his glasses on to go to work.

June 10, 2020 12:01 am


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June 10, 2020 12:02 am

I unfortunately think Bendis was just the all up wrong fit for the Superman titles.
Bendis is better suited for team books like “Young Justice” and “Legion of Super-Heroes” as those are more his strengths.

June 10, 2020 12:32 pm

So what are the chances that Tomasi and Jurgens can come back and continue as if Bendis never happened…?

June 10, 2020 2:34 pm

Can John Romita Jr. also leave the Superman comics?

Steve Eden
June 10, 2020 7:26 pm
Reply to  SupermanArmy

Now THIS idea, I can get behind!

Steve Eden
June 10, 2020 7:24 pm

Re: The Jor-El thing It was my firm belief that that was a tie-in to Doomsday Clock and Dr. Manhattan. I had no real basis for believing that, but I just had it in my mind that it made sense. As it turned out, Doomsday Clock” kept getting pushed back more and more. Perhaps that affected that tie to Jor-El’s presence and what all that he did, or perhaps it had nothing to do with it at all. In any case, Doc Manhattan reversed all his tampering at the end of Doomsday Clock and Jor-El was still around. While I… Read more »

June 11, 2020 7:11 am
Reply to  Steve Eden

I thought the bringing in the dads angle (Thomas wayne flash point Batman and Jor-El) was interesting but in my opinion it would have worked out in another storyline. I didn’t like the idea that Jor-El had turned into a disillusioned superpowered cynicist bent in teaching superman how to handle humans correctly and Thomas wayne wanting to show batman how to be a better hero through siding with his enemies. Maybe someone from the editorials were having daddy issues and thought it would be cool to unfold their personal experience onto a comic book storyline heheeh

June 12, 2020 11:10 am
Reply to  Steve Eden

That would imply that Didio would give even the slightest sliver of a damn about keeping what Rebirth laid out intact and he clearly didn’t.

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