Even the Man of Steel has problems with big city newspapers and revealing journalism.
Recently there have been (well, are) various matters of controversy regarding how much rights and freedom and periodical has to publish information and whether our governmental institutions and protective services should have it secrets and confidential details kept from the general public consumption. This is not about that. I’m sure this cartoon was drawn in part with that in mind, just like this hilarious photoshop job was put into play.
The cartoon just triggers a giant flasback to the 1977 Superman movie, directed by Richard Donner, with a story by Mario Puzo! Bryan Singer’s film mentions the moment. Lois Lane spent a night with Superman and in the course of the interview the Man of Steel, without yet a name actually, reveals a limitation: he cannot see through lead. He fully reveals a bunch of superpowers and abilities and where he is from. He discloses many things just to set the public’s minds at ease. That’s a service. She turns around and writes the story and Perry White approves the whole thing. What is in the story entitled “My Night With Superman”? The Daily Planet tells the world that Superman cannot see through lead. The suddenly most preeminent and powerful force for justice is instantly hampered (by evil) because the Daily Planet naively, innocently, and somewhat stupidly told the public, including all criminal elements, the one thing known at the time that could hinder Superman.
and because it appeared in a Daily Planet article Lex Luthor could use that to prevent Superman from sensing the mysterious deathtrap (not the object he believed he was reaching for) and because of that he could not stop both nuclear weapons.
If you have a weakness that it would be unwise for the bad guys to know about, don’t tell it to the Big City Press. If it’s newsworthy then everyone will know about it and it will be emphasized.
I wouldn’t tell Lois my secrets no matter how smitten I am.