The Death of Superman was one of the biggest events in comic book history; back in the 90s DC Comics had this crazy idea of making Supes relevant again — by killing him! Making stories and characters finite worked well for DC and the industry in general; it was a great way to make stories suspenseful knowing that no character safe from making the “ultimate sacrifice”.
That was until, as it turns out, Superman was alive all along. Yeahbuhwhat?
Have stories, particularly comics, lost their sense of foreboding?
Max Landis (writer of Chronicle and the son of John Landis — yes, THAT John Landis) has some very interesting things to say about the issue.
Check it out:
Luckily, television is taking DC’s original lead by killing off characters when it seems right by the narrative (and keeping them dead); Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, et al, have no issue with offing characters if doing so adds something potentially great to the story. They even killed someone in The Avengers, an act that I sincerely hope stays permanent.
I don’t agree with gratuitous death, but if killing a character serves a purpose then why the hell not?
Hopefully with the reboot of the DC universe, death makes a comeback. As in staying dead.
Vote 1 narrative integrity — bring back death!