It’s very disheartening to see DC Comics perpetuate a regressive view of power and relationships. Now, virtually anyone whose power is inherited from birth - either genetic gifts or inherited wealth - is what exclusively qualifies as powerful. Superman and Lois can’t be considered a power couple because, what? Lois Lane wasn’t born with superpowers like Wonder Woman and Aquaman, or super wealth like Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen?
So she’s nothing but a peasant who’s unworthy of recognition and love, I suppose. Except that’s not true. It shouldn’t be true. Since when did DC Comics become like the villains of the Harry Potter series (i.e. Voldemort and his Death Eaters) - people obsessed with “pure blood” status who look down on Muggles as inferior because they lack magic. At every turn in the series of novels, making decisions abo…ut life and love on the basis of fear, specifically fear of death and pain, was presented as the epitome of evil and darkness. Of cowardice.
This list, and DC as a whole presently, shows a disturbing and insidious sense of arrogance and cowardice lurking beneath the surface. Superman’s relationship with Lois Lane deserves to be on this list not only because it has outlasted and outshined all these couples for decades, but because it represents the core of great myths both ancient and modern while also making a powerful statement about the nature of true power and beauty which transcends the superficial and faces the fear of pain and the fear of the unknown. As the Bible says, “perfect love casts out fear,” so any relationship like Superman and Wonder Woman’s that is rooted in the selfish avoidance of one’s own potential grief and fear for the lives of who they truly love (Steve, Lois) is already inferior.
What’s worse, is that the relationship, if perpetuated and held up as the gold standard, disgraces Jonathan and Martha Kent who took the raw power their son was born with in a galaxy far away, and nurtured it to become not just raw power, but true power. Power based on love and humility rather than egotism and fear. They were humans who embraced someone different, and loved him despite fears they might have. Their son apparently isn’t courageous enough to do the same; for though he wanted to be with Lois, according to Superman #1 and Action Comics #12 (plus Superman Annual #1), he’s turning to Diana in his self-imposed isolation born out of the arrogant assumption that humans can’t relate to alienation or loss and out of an over-developed and patriarchal sense of overprotectiveness that views humans as zoo animals and superheroes as their handlers.
—One of the best comments I’ve ever seen that breaks down exactly why this obsession with “power” only in the form of the physical is disgusting and damaging. Posted by an Anne Lloyd on DC’s Facebook blog amongst a sea of anger and emotion on the DC Comics blog about their recent, “Top 10 Power Couples” that purposefully and deliberately ignored the 74 year history of Superman and Lois Lane for their latest publicity stunt.
I don’t know Ms. Lloyd. But I wish I did. Because she’s not only extremely smart…she’s right.