DC, in its never ending battle to get people to pay $3.00 for 20 pages of printed material, has Superman renouncing his citizenship in Action Comics 900. Superman joins non-violent protesters in Iran and is chided for this by the national security adviser to the US President who fears this has created a major diplomatic incident. Superman renounces his US citizenship on the spot because he is tired of his actions being construed as part of US foreign policy. Go here to see the panels of the comic book.
Putting on my lawyer hat, a few observations:
1. Does Superman have a US citizenship to renounce? In 1974 the UN made Superman a citizen of every nation on the globe. Of course such action by the UN would have no impact on whether Superman is a US citizen as the UN has zilch power to grant US citizenship to anyone.
2. Can someone functioning under an assumed identity such as Superman be granted citizenship? I do not think so.
3. Clark Kent is clearly an illegal alien. His adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent, never had him go through the naturalization process for obvious reasons.
4. Even if Superman were a citizen, there are formalities to go through to renounce American citizenship. An oral statement in the heat of the moment would be insufficient.
Lawyer hat off. This move is interesting for a number of reasons. Having Superman renounce his American citizenship could normally be taken as just another example of the Leftist mindset prevalent in most comics today. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster. Offspring of immigrant Jewish families, they were intensely patriotic and hence Superman was also. Today patriotism is not at the top of the list, to put it mildly, for most comic book writers and artists. However, the fact that this occurs under Obama and can be seen as a critique of his policy regarding Iran, is an indication that the political message being sent is more complicated. In any event, it will flog more comics for DC which is the main purpose for anyone selling comics.