Superman Unchained is the Stupidest Name of All Time

Do you remember a few months ago when DC started hinting at a new Superman series written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Jim Lee? At the time, the comic was rumored to be called ‘Man of Steel’ to coincide with the big movie of the same name.

Instead, DC have revealed that the new comic will instead be called ‘Superman Unchained’ – quite possibly the most ridiculous name ever.


Here is the announcement article at USA Today. Reading that article makes me question – and not for the first time – what the hell even goes on at the DC editorial offices. According to Snyder and Lee – who, don’t get me wrong, are two of the biggest talents in comics today – the series is going to be like every other Superman series ever. It’s going to star Superman as a superhero and include his supporting cast, like Lois Lane. There doesn’t seem to be any special gimmick or pull or reason for the series to exist.

What the hell is the ‘Unchained’ even supposed to signify? Is every cover going to feature him breaking out of chains? And why chains? Since when has Superman ever been chained or had a problem with chains?

Why not call it ‘Man of Steel’ like the freakin’ movie!?

What about the comics already being published, Superman and Action Comics? Why not just put Snyder and Lee on one of those series? There’s no way Superman is going to be able to support three ongoing series. Batman can barely pull it off, and Superman is no Batman.

Speaking of which, DC is also bringing back the Superman/Batman team-up book, because they want to make money. Comics like Hawkman and Blue Beetle are being cancelled to make way for even more Superman and Batman comics. This is the future of comics from the Big Two publishers, people. Soon all we’ll see are Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and Wolverine comics, with other characters only appearing in team-up books.

Still, Superman Unchained is a stupid name and it just seems to me like DC is shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to Superman and Action Comics.

About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on March 5, 2013, in Comics, DC, Superman and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. nationarticulation

    You’re right, terrible title. I was hoping this would have a set story, you know? A purpose for having to exist outside of Action and Superman. DC editorial is making mistake after mistake now. Some of the titles they’ve cancelled could have had potential if they knew what creative teams to pair wih the appropriate books. Marvel isn’t the best either but hey at least their seemingly bad decisions (superior spiderman) turn out to become great stories. Where as DC would rather stick with non original concepts and ideas. The reboot destroyed every character but perhaps Batman and Marvel only re tooled costumes, pushed new stories and made few changes to their worlds. DC, you continually disappoint me. They’re like the best friend everyone has that keeps making the wrong choice and you just don’t have words for them anymore.

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself. They’re so obsessed with immediate sales or success that even the comics they introduced only last fall are already up for cancellation.

  2. Maybe they are trying to get some of that Django Unchained popularity by having a similar name, that is literally the only explanation for that title that I can come up with.

    • I was thinking that, but then in the original promo art they unveiled when this rumor first started last fall showed Superman breaking out of chains. So they clearly had this title in mind. Maybe watching Django Unchained just clinched it for them. Now I’m sort of hoping DC turns ‘Unchained’ into the new ‘Ultimate’ or ‘All-Star’ and we get a whole line of Unchained comics, like Batman Unchained or Green Lantern Unchained!

  3. I only read DCU comics so I will always be loyal. But it always confuses me how people who do writing for a living could keep making bonehead decisions. Like Scott Lobdell’s bombing of the Teen Titans with the Culling, the lack of effort to make the New 52 feel fresh, destroying some of the best stuff they had like JSA or Teen Titans, ruining the potential of GL: New Guardians, or making the Batman’s history incredibly confusing. Even the great Geoff Johns sort of half- assed the origin of the Justice League. But as a person who got into comics around Blackest Night, I was grateful that I could get my pull list straight with the New 52 and be a real DC fan (thank God Green Lantern was hardly touched and Francis Manapul is still on the Flash). It has brought around some great stuff like Animal Man/Swamp Thing, Simon Baz, Aquaman, Batman, and now the Justice League is getting on track. Wow, I sure love to rant about comics. I guess you do too!

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