Superman, despite pointing out the serious error of the murderous racist's ways, still got a lot a flak from actual racists. Their tweets and comment saying that they would come at him with kryptonite and were disappointed in his defense of illegal immigrants. They hate the fact that he's used as an icon for illegal immigration.
To them, this is another way comics are becoming increasingly political. They can't stand the fact Superman has become what they think is a tool for debate. All they want is a man who saves the day and protects innocents.
What's becoming interesting is that as the politics of the United States changes, so does parts of Superman. The creation of DACA and the idea of the DREAM Act has created the idea that Superman himself is a Dreamer like the hundreds of thousands of Americans that came to the US without documentation. The only difference is that he came via a rocket from an exploding planet.
5. And He's Worked Alongside Migrant Workers Before
He has tackled with the plight of workers before. One Superman issue in the '70s had him defending Mexican migrant workers. While it wasn't as aggressive as a firefight, it still rang as a positive message protecting their rights.
In another issue in 2011, he made another political move that blew conservative gaskets. In order to cool international tensions, he renounced his honorary American citizenship. Superman made the decision as a way to save America's face, but right-wing pundits spun it saying it was a slap in the face of his sense of patriotism.
What the alt-right (and conservatives in general) fail to realize is that Superman has a long history of left-leaning actions. One of his many nicknames besides the Man of Steel is the Champion of the Oppressed. During the Simon and Schuster era, he was battling corrupt politicians and landlords to protect the common man. The only thing that's changed is who's being oppressed.
That spirit made a comeback when DC made the New 52 relaunch. Grant Morrison and Rags Morales brought back a Superman that was more a man of the people. Of course, in one issue when he fought the police, someone from Fox News got angry and wrote an article titled "Superman Literally Bashes Police In New Comic."
Superman has been a beacon of inclusivity for decades. Little images like these, with him reminding the children of America to respect Americans of all kinds, still rings true to this day. And its origin is important as well - it comes from a group affiliated with the Anti-Defamation League.
There will still be radio hosts like Todd Starnes who will look down on the Man of Steel, criticizing his origin. Not only that, in his article against Supes defend the undocumented, he attacked other members of the Justice League, saying perhaps the Flash will be hauling Mexicans across the border next. He fears that DC will be indoctrinating the children in future DC comics.
There will be other moments where the comics and real life meet at the crossroads, and there will be conversations about it. Those stuck in the past will think they are destroying the image of an icon, and sometimes that might be true. In this case, perhaps it isn't that Superman's soul is being blackened by politics - it's someone else's through prejudice.
Dan Jurgens, celebrated comic writer and currently writing Action Comics, took to Twitter and responded to the criticism. In a succinct tweet, he made it clear that his message, that defending the defenseless, and seeing the hatred come from the woodwork, showed a tragic truth. There is still a lot of hurt in the world and we all need to solve it.
So while Breitbart, Fox News, and their fans decry the degeneration of the Man of Tomorrow, issue after issue will see a Superman that will continually let down their image of a lily-white ubermensch. Who knows - in some far away story arc we will see an issue with tiki-torch wearing goons getting blown away by his super breath. Only time will tell.