Superman, one of the most iconic fictional characters, has created a furore by renouncing his US citizenship in a latest issue of the comic book.
The superhero known as a champion of truth, justice and the American way renounced his US citizenship in the Action Comics' record 900th issue this week, the Daily Mail reported.
Superman makes the move after being caught in the middle of a diplomatic row between the US and Iran. The storyline has enraged some fans who claim it is a slight on the US."Besides being riddled with a blatant lack of patriotism, and respect for our country, Superman's current creators are belittling the United States as a whole," Hollywood publicist and Republican activist Angie Meyer was quoted as saying.
"By denouncing his citizenship, Superman becomes an eerie metaphor for the current economic and power status the country holds worldwide," she added.
In the story, Superman is criticised for making an appearance in Iran to support the country's rebel protests. It follows the comic book trend of mirroring real life events.
But it is still a radical departure for the character first created in 1938 by Jerry Stiegel and Joe Shuster, Daily Mail said.
"Truth, justice and the American way - it's not enough anymore," Superman tells the president's National Security Advisor in the new issue.
"I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my US citizenship. I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy," he adds, explaining that he wants to help wherever and whenever he's needed.
DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio insisted the superhero is not turning his back on America.
"Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values. As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way," they said in a statement.
"In a short story in Action Comics 900, Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville," the statement added.
He is not the only comic book character to be influenced by politics. Captain America briefly hung up his boots as he was frustrated with the level of corruption before making a comeback.