It goes against conventional comic wisdom, I know, but I really, really like the Superman/Lois Lane marriage, and it makes me a little sad knowing that it’s likely disappearing come September. It might dump the classic love triangle aspect of the mythos – Clark loves Lois, but Lois loves Superman… who is actually Clark Is Your Mind Blown Yet etc. – but, for me, it replaces it with something that’s worth more: A Superman who’s not continually lying to the woman he’s in love with.
I mean, it’s not just me who always thought that – while that kind of thing is a superhero trope and works for almost every other character with a secret identity in comics – Superman came across as weirdly patronizing and off-puttingly paternal in his “Ha ha! Lois doesn’t realize that the Clark she’s talking to is really one of my Superman robots! Stupid woman!” moments, right? For a character who fights for Truth, Justice and the American Way, he sure seemed to get a lot of enjoyment out of hiding the truth from Lois (or, for that matter, Lana, or any of the rest of his friends) all the time. For me, Superman should never come across as condescending, but there’s something about the whole love triangle bit that just underscored that all the time, for me.
Not only that: I feel that the marriage formalized the idea of Lois as Superman’s partner, and more importantly, his equal – Well, when written right. There were also times when he’d go off on a walk across America after spending a year on another planet and returning to promise he wouldn’t leave her for such a long time again (Seriously, great job making those two stories line up, Superman editors) – which was really good for Lois as a character, as well as the Lois/Clark relationship.
I know all the arguments against superhero marriages – It makes the characters too old, too difficult to relate to, married characters are boring – but it all rings particularly false in Superman’s case: It’s not like this is a character who historically has any other long-term love interest other than Lois (Lots of exes, like Lana and Lori Lemaris, sure, but for contemporary stories, it’s almost always been Lois), so it’s not as if you’re denying any tradition of romantic angst a la Spider-Man. And in terms of making Superman feel too old or too unrelatable… it’s Superman. He’s everyone’s dad – Okay, maybe everyone’s cool Uncle, perhaps. He’s not meant to be the character everyone relates to, is he? Also, anyone who thinks that married characters are boring… either you’ve never been married, or you have a crappy marriage.
I don’t know – I feel like de-marrying Superman isn’t going to necessarily leave either him or Lois in a better place, or open up story possibilities that are even that interesting or worth pursuing (See: Superman and Wonder Woman hooking up, especially because it’s been done before). But then, who says reboots have to make any sense?