Superman Fans Just Missed Out on The Payoff to His Greatest Moment
Arguably the most iconic moment in several decades of Superman comics, the Man of Steel’s embrace of a suicidal woman was nearly expanded on.
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It’s been revealed that Future State almost made a direct connection to Grant Morrison’s beloved All-Star Superman. Arguably the most iconic moment in the past few decades of Superman comics, the Man of Steel’s embrace of a suicidal young woman was nearly expanded on.
As Future State imagined the potential future of the DC Universe, the world changed. Jon Kent took on the role of Superman, the Magistrate taunted Gotham City, and the Justice League featured a new wave of heroes. The event provided an opportunity for writers to reference old storylines and incorporate components of characters’ histories that hadn’t come up in a while. Paving the way for a new version of the DC Universe, the inclusion of fan favorite elements allowed readers to have some sense of the familiar.
According to writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson on Twitter, Future State: Superman nearly included the teenager from All-Star Superman named Regan in place of Sadie. The original scene, written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quietly, has remained one of the most heartfelt and defining moments in Superman’s modern career. Unfortunately, Johnson couldn’t include Regan because the character required Clark Kent’s writing to save her, instead of Superman. Johnson explained in his tweet, “Fun fact: the character of Sadie in Future State: Superman was originally meant to be Regan from All-Star. It didn’t work because Sadie needed to be a character that Clark Kent had saved with his writing, not Superman. But I’m still determined to bring Regan back in someday.”
There is a lot of potential for Regan’s story to be continued. The perspective she carries following her encounter with Superman is one that fans could similarly connect with. Since the two titles don’t share continuity, Regan’s appearance in Future State would have been a significant inclusion. Johnson alluded to expanding on the two heroes’ first meeting someday, but it could be a while as Jon Kent has recently taken on the title of Superman. The heavy scene deserves follow-up, but also deserves a thoughtful story. Since Regan was easily replaceable with a new character, it is probably for the best that her future has yet to be depicted.
Regan’s rescue by Superman included meta commentary on the Man of Steel’s impact in the lives of fans. Similarly, a story about Regan’s future loans itself to the same idea. The quiet but powerful scene represented years of many readers’ shared experience. A sequel story could provide a more fully realized version of Regan, influenced by Superman’s example. Anyone who is saved by Metropolis’ protector has an account to share, but All-Star Superman’s Regan has a particularly important testimony.