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JLAin’t/West Wing Crossover was way ahead of its time

May 17, 2011

One of the most gratifying aspects of Cat-Tales has been the readers who found inspiration in it to write their own fanfic. The first to come along was MyklarCure with JLAin’t, the story of the Justice League in the Cat-Tales universe. And a few years later, a wonderfully talented reader named Nathan Perry came along who wrote a JLAin’t/West Wing crossover called These Hallowed Halls. Like a lot of fanfic, it was never finished, but what he wrote was way ahead of its time.

Consider the current controversy about Superman’s citizenship: Superman: American patriot, illegal immigrant or both? (via Hero Complex – Los Angeles Times)

Superman: American patriot, illegal immigrant or both? Ted Anthony of the Associated Press considers the legend — and the passport  — of Superman.  There is a scene in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns” that captures the fabled Man of Steel in an extraordinary moment. Floating high above the Earth, gazing down upon America, he listens with his super-hearing for cries of help as a cacop … Read More

via Hero Complex – Los Angeles Times

And then take a look at the exchange when Clark Kent asked White House press secretary C.J. Cregg about Superman’s status an illegal alien:

“Come in and have a seat, Mister Kent.” C.J. said, leading the tall reporter into her office.

“Isn’t it usually the Senior White House correspondent that gets these follow-ups?” Clark asked as he sat down.

C.J. sat behind her desk and answered, “It is, yes, but that’s because most of these guys have stopped trying to play ‘Stump C.J.’ Today, you’re our winner.”

“If you don’t mind my saying, this is a pretty strange beat,” Clark noted.

“Well you asked a pretty strange question.”

“It was a fair question.”

“It was absolutely not a fair question. No, we don’t have Superman’s birth certificate or driver’s license on record. He wasn’t born here and he’s got other ways of getting around. This is Superman! Truth, Justice and the American Way. We don’t care if he votes or pays his taxes. I would bet you any amount of money that he does, and since you’ve interviewed him, I don’t think you’d take that bet either.”

“I’m not really much for gambling-”

“The only reason to ask that question is either to embarrass Superman or to embarrass us, but you know what? We’re not embarrassed.” She stood up, placed her palms on her desk and leaned forward, saying, “We gave the Medal of Freedom to Superman, who may or may not be a U.S. citizen. And if he’s not? We don’t care. He’s an American hero whether he’s an American or not, and you can print all of that.” She sat back down and said, “If you’ve got follow-ups, you can ask them now.”

“I think that answered the question pretty well, Miss Cregg. Thank you.” He jotted down some notes on a pad of paper while C.J. stared across the desk at him.

Any questions?

Chris Dee
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