Brian Michael Bendis Talks About Aging Jon Kent/Superboy

Superman #7 has published an interview with writer Brian Michael Bendis to find out why Jon Kent/Superboy has aged in the “Superman” comic books, and what it means for Superman and Lois.

“This is a Superman family adventure,” begins Benis. “This is a Superman family crisis. This is the kind of stuff that would only happen to Superman, but I think does reflect what a lot of parents and a lot of families go through which is, ‘Stuff happens that we don’t expect and you deal with it.’ There’s a Superman version of that, and this is it. It really is about how the family’s going to deal with something they didn’t see coming. It is about vivid emotions of parenting and being a kid.”

As for whether this is real, whether this is actually Jon Kent, Bendis explains, “My instinct as a storyteller is to not tell you if it’s real or not real because I want you all to discover it in the story. But on the same notion, I know that a lot of these characters come with a little bit of that baggage of, ‘Could it be a reboot or evil from another dimension?’ It’s not, it’s him. It’s real. It’s really happening. I’m breaking my rule of telling people that because I want them to actually enjoy it for what it is and not worry about the other stuff.”

Bendis goes on to describe where things are at for Jon and how the story will unfold. “He’s about 17. He has not been artificially aged. He lived all the years he’s been away. We spend a lot of that time developing and telling that story, so I’m going let that play out in book by the beautiful Brandon Peterson. That’s the story Jonathan’s come to tell his father, where he’s been, what’s happening, and what they need to do next. It is big, and it’s different and, for Jon, it’s very exciting. I mean … He was raised by two of the best people ever and then he had the old trial by fire as far as puberty went. He really had to do it on his own. He really became his own person, so we’re going to meet that person.”

You can read the full interview at

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January 17, 2019 6:14 pm

Yeah, Clark and Lois have been robbed of those years and so have we. What about Jon being a kid wasn’t good enough for you DC?

January 17, 2019 7:57 pm

Ugh… Whatever. This stuff is cyclical. We’re just now getting Bart, Tim and Conner back after a LOT of years of mis-management. Give it time, some writer will be smart enough to bring kid-Jon back. He may have to show up in a cartoon or movie first to force DC’s hand. But it’ll happen. He’s too great an addition to the family as an optimistic, fun loving kid and foil for Damian Wayne to keep him as adult forever.

January 17, 2019 8:14 pm

UGH!! You @#$%^& SUCK Bendis

January 17, 2019 10:51 pm

I really wish Bendis never took these books. I shutter at the very real possibility that the new narrative in the future DC tells is that “Superman was doing bad and Bendis saved him.” He clearly is getting rid of Jon because he doesn’t want him and he wants to use Conner in Young Justice, which if anyone should write a comic called Young Justice it should be Greg Weisman.

January 18, 2019 5:50 am

You talk too much, Bendis. And all that talk is starting to contradict what you’re writing & destabilizing the Superman Legacy. Not to mention dividing both the Superman and Comic Book fanbase.

You shoulda’ gone back to writing low end comics in the bargain bin. >_<

January 18, 2019 11:47 am

It’s so stupid. Super Sons was the best comic to come around in decades and Bendis comes and destroys it.

January 18, 2019 12:34 pm

Then in addition to this we have Jor-El whose legacy now is looking like it’s going to end up being that of an abusive grandfather.

Steve Eden
January 18, 2019 3:42 pm

Well, I think when Doomsday Clock finishes its run (which, at the rate it’s going, may be when Jon ACTUALLY turns 17), Dr. Manhatton will snap his fingers and things will return to the way they were before… or not.

January 19, 2019 12:36 am

“We’re right at the beginning of the next big Superman status quo change.”

He’s probably going to divorce them. Hey how about telling good stories with good characters instead of monkeying around with the “status quo” to leave your mark.

Super El
January 20, 2019 12:12 am

Bendis made Superman leave his wife and child alone with the man that previously tried to purge the Earth, and hurt Jon himself. Not only that, but he made Lois seem like an idiot for leaving her son alone with that psychopathic nut-job. This is so out of character for all of the people involved, that I can’t really stand to read any more. DC made a mistake in handing Bendis so much power and control over their biggest character, and they’re going to have to deal with the consequences. When this is over, they’re gonna be the ones that… Read more »

January 20, 2019 8:07 pm

I follow DC comics on Twitter and they posted about this and the comments are almost universally against this. This just reeks of a future retcon to me.

January 20, 2019 11:33 pm
Reply to  JasEl

Not going to keep paying money for this while waiting around for them to come to their senses.

January 21, 2019 8:27 pm
Reply to  MattComics

I know. Hit them in the wallet and maybe they’ll come to their senses faster. They can undue this $#!+show in a hurry