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A controversy is stirring within the comic book community over Orson Scott Card. The writer behind the acclaimed novel Ender’s Game has never been shy about his anti-gay opinions, but when DC Comics hired him to write a Superman comic, his views were back in the headlines. Petitions have popped up asking DC to change its mind and comic book stores are refusing to sell it. In addition, they could prove to be a stumbling block for a film version of Ender’s Game.
Wired reports that Card has been hired to write the first issue of Adventures of Superman, which will debut in digital form only. However, it is planned to appear in a collected edition in May. The news sparked a petition that has over 14,000 signatures and Comic book Resources reports that several stores across the country are not going to carry Card’s story when it appears in the collected edition.
DC defended hiring Card, writing, “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.”
The controversy is now spreading beyond the comics community. The Hollywood Reporter notes that it could force Summit to rethink spending $110 million to film Ender’s Game. Director Gavin Hood and actors Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley are already signed to the project.
“Orson's politics are not reflective of the moviemakers,” an insider told THR. “We’re adapting a work, not a person. The work will stand on its own.”
Card’s Superman story will be available online on April 29, with the print edition following on May 29.
Card is a member of the anti-gay marriage group National Organization for Marriage and wrote in a 2009 Mormon Times oped, “Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.”