In an exclusive interview with CBR.com, writer Grant Morrison talks about the upcoming comic book miniseries “Superman & The Authority,” what we can expect from the series, and the idea of an authoritarian Superman.
This book is coming out at a time when we’re seeing a lot of authoritarian Supermans and Superman analogs. What do you think is behind this trend of subverting Superman into something more sinister?
It’s something I’ve come to terms with and pared down to it coming down to the patriarchal structures that have been oppressing us and Superman can easily be made to be representative of that. This dad-like figure looking out for us can be made authoritarian but I think that’s a mistake. I think the idea that Superman would react to the death of Lois Lane by becoming a tyrant is ridiculous; my mum and dad died and I didn’t become a tyrant. If I can handle it, Superman can handle it.
But I think there’s a certain degree of, if he’s that powerful, couldn’t he change things? We’re kind of leaning into the idea that he’s a really good man and wants to do the best for us but he’s not actually human. He doesn’t want to break us but he’s gotten to the point where he thinks maybe he should break us, maybe we need this. It’s slightly scarier than Superman as an authoritarian dad with heat vision eyes, it’s more of an alien perspective saying, “I’ve had enough of you. You’ve been messing up too long and are really going to hurt yourselves if I don’t do something.”
“Superman & The Authority #1” will be released on July 20.