Morrison said that he wanted a more realistic take on how he started wearing his costume, saying that no 17-year-old would want to wear a “romper suit” that his mother knitted for him.
What a dick. One of my favourite moments in Lois & Clark was when Superman told a little girl that his mother made his suit. Clark’s pride in wearing the costume his mother crafted is yet another endearing quality of post-Crisis Superman. It’s an example of his genuine respect for his parents and the perfect illustration of his progressive worldview: it would never occur to Superman that as a man he’s “supposed” to devalue things associated with women.
I really want to focus on this comment, because Morrison is making a strawman argument by conflating the Silver Age Superboy origin with Superman. Why the hell is he referring to Martha “knitting” a “romper suit” for Superboy all the way back in the Silver Age?! That hasn’t been part of Superman’s canon in, like, forever. (Geoff John’s attempt to bring back the Silver Age origin in his 2010 Superman: Secret Origin notwithstanding). Utter bullshit. He’s supporting the new origin by making fun of something only a handful of older hardcore comics geeks could even remember reading first-hand, and being a sexist asshat in the process.
Superman has had a “realistic take” on the costume: many many times in the last 25 years! How incredibly arrogant to just completely dismiss every other incarnation that the vast majority of Superman fans have been exposed to. Morrison thinks he can do better?!
More and more it sounds to me like Grant Morrison never moved beyond the Silver Age stories he grew up reading.
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