Jillan Freisen, DAILY PLANET 14:00 ET July 24th 2022 –
History repeated itself in The city of Metropolis earlier today when The Man Of Tomorrow came face to face with a friend from yesterday. For those who recall the bizarre chain of events leading to Superman’s campaign to rid the world of Nuclear Weapons exactly 35 years ago, they may also remember how it culminated in a global battle with a maniacal radioactive foe that almost triggered World War III less fondly.
Having hurled Earth’s Nuclear stockpile into the core of the sun and defeated criminal mastermind Lex Luthor’s monster, Superman later concluded world peace was ‘not his to give’ after all and has adopted a neutral stance ever since. While the fallout and collateral damage across the globe may have been enormous (with Metropolis alone left with a regeneration bill in the Billions) Superman’s ‘Quest For Peace’ is nonetheless cited as one of the turning points in Mankind’s history, with the ending of the Cold War one of its lasting legacies –
As for the young student whose impassioned words ushered in the winds of change, he stands by his actions all those years ago and says he’s do it over again. Jeremy Brooke, now 48 and a leading force for UNICEF, maintains that some of the best wisdom still comes from the mouths of babes –
“Its difficult for people to understand now, but in the mid to late 80’s a Nuclear Holocaust was a very real fear, with tensions rising on both sides it often felt to us that war was an inevitability rather than a possibility. When I put pen to paper that day it just occurred to me that only one man could save us from ourselves ”
And on the subject of his Kryptonian pal Brooke continued-
“Superman took a lot of criticism from all sides for what he did – people said he was mounting this big campaign but that was wrong – he was answering a call for help like he always does and that’s a very different thing. I could tell he was conflicted about interfering in our destiny but he could also see how easily we could destroy ourselves. Thank god – and I mean this – thank god he did as if the arms race had continued it could only have had one conclusion…”