In case you hadn’t heard, Clark Kent is quitting his day job — as a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet, the daily newspaper of the fictional city of Metropolis.
“This is not the first time in DC Comics history that Clark Kent has left the Planet, and this time the resignation reflects present-day issues – the balance of journalism vs. entertainment, the role of new media, the rise of the citizen journalist, etc.,” DC Comics said in a statement.
It looks like Kent will be publishing his scoops on the Internet in lieu of old media.
“He is more likely to start the next Huffington Post or the next Drudge Report than he is to go find someone else to get assignments or draw a paycheque from,” Superman writer Scott Lobdell told USA Today.
Lobdell added that the storyline will see Kent “come into his own in the next few years as far as being a guy who takes to the Internet and to the airwaves and starts speaking an unvarnished truth.”
The move is part of “the New 52,” the initiative which saw DC relaunch its entire universe last year.
So there you have it — print journalism is literally in so much trouble, not even Superman can save it!