Orson Scott Card, who is the author of Ender’s Game, a best-selling and award-winning series, to write the latest Superman series which will be released in April.
In 2009 Card became of member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that campaigns against same-sex marriage. In the past he has also criticised homosexuality, and called gay marriage, “the end of democracy in America.”
Jono Jarret, a member of Geeks Out, a gay fan group for the superhero, stated, “Superman stands for truth, justice, and the American way. Orson Scott Card does not stand for any idea of truth, justice or the American way that I can subscribe to. It’s a deeply disappointing and frankly weird choice.”
Jarret believes that there are ulterior motives at work, as the film version of Card’s Ender’s Game is set to be released in November. He believes that DC are hoping to promote the movie and drive sales for the comic at the same time.
“I feel like they were hopin that no one will notice. It’s a free country, and what’s important is what we do here. This is a man who wants to take away my civil rights, and I will not be giving him my money,” added Jarret.
A petition has already begun on Allout.org, calling for Card to be relieved of his role.