Batman v Superman’s Controversial Murders Have Come To Comics, Too

One of the worst plot elements from the DCEU’s Batman v Superman has made its way to DC Comics (where it makes the same amount of sense: none).

Warning: contains spoilers for Superman: Son of Kal-El #9!

The DCEU’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film was widely derived by fans and casual moviegoers alike – but it appears one of the more controversial plot points has made its way to Batman and Superman comics. At their cores, Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne are simple superheroes, as well as their Golden Age origins; their more complex stories have more to do with narrative than character. But Superman: Son of Kal-El #9 grants an inane plot development of the film to the titular character’s son, Jonathan Kent.

the Superman: Son of Kal-El series sees Clark Kent pass the Superman name down to his son Jonathan. The younger Superman is considerably different from his father to him in many ways: he’s unsure of himself, still wishes to live a normal life, and has a partner with powers (unlike Lois Lane). Nevertheless, as Earth’s new Superman Jonathan fights wildfires, creatures from other worlds and the evil President Bendix, who has found a way to control his fellow Gamorran citizens and use them as living weapons.

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Thanks to The Rising, Bendix’s new and diabolical plan, Gamorran citizens have become the subjects of cruel experiments. Those who are gifted powers through these experiments can be remotely controlled by Bendix and sent across the sea to cause trouble in Metropolis. One particular individual walks up to Superman and Nightwing and begins to glow. Superman, realizing the imminent danger, shields Nightwing – but the Gamorran citizen explodes. A camera records the incident, and the limited viewpoint unfortunately leads many to the conclusion that Superman killed an innocent.



This moment is quite similar to a scene in batman v superman, in which a mass murder event caused by a bomb is blamed on Superman. Leaving aside the multiple lapses in logic (why would Superman ever resort to using a bomb?), the “frame Superman for murder” plot is unfortunately played out quite often. Most writers entertain the idea because the very idea of ​​Superman murdering any innocent goes completely against his character. It’s an intriguing proposition, but fans (and the DC public in-universe) are rarely fooled.

However, this plot does tie into a more modern topic in the form of fake news and civilian journalism. Jumping to conclusions without learning all the facts first is a surefire way to incite anger – which is no doubt Bendix’s plan. Superman will almost certainly prevail in this scenario, but it’s one fans have seen before.


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