Superman polished up his brand motto, in an announcement made to DC FanDome by his publisher’s creative head.
Jim Lee told the high-profile event that instead of fighting for truth, justice and the American Way, he will change his schedule for future adventures.
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The reworked version reads: “Truth, Justice and a Better Future”. Lee called Clark Kent’s capped crusader inspiring, saying that “it is this optimism and hope that drives him to move forward with this new mission statement.”
As Hollywood journalist note, Lee “declined to comment further on why” American Way “was discontinued.” It has been in use since the Son of Krypton hit the airwaves in 1940.
This news follows revelations that the character will become bisexual in his final incarnation. Jonathan Kent – son of Clark and the Daily planet best Lois Lane – to date is a “refugee” hacktivist journalist “man,” writes the Daily mail.
We are far from the “classic” version of Superman, who has always been linked to Lois Lane. A TV series focusing on the pair, Clark and Lois, has aired on The CW since the beginning of the year. Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch play the main characters.
This follows on from, well, Lois and Clark, the 1990s show starring Dean Cain as Superman and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane.
An evolving character and an enduring DC Comics legend
Superman is DC Comics’ longest-running superhero, first appearing in a 1938 issue of Action comics. He is also considered a traditional figure by many, who have enjoyed his decades-printed exploits.
Launched into the safety of the dying planet Krypton by Father Jor-El, young Kal-El crashed into Earth, where his Kryptonian powers made him extraordinary. Adopted by Jonathan Kent Sr. and his wife Martha, he was an all-American boy turned Defender of the Earth.
Over the years he has been compared to Moses, further strengthening his mythical reputation. At the same time, however, writers and artists have had to evolve it to keep it relevant.
So what was the response to this latest development for the Man of Steel…?
Some reactions are far from Great
While some commentators have supported the movement, others are voting with their feet. Former Superman Cain proudly displays “Truth, Justice and the American Way” on his Twitter Profile.
“I say they are on the bandwagon,” he wrote in an opinion piece for A real clear policy. Accusing the creators of “fighting bad problems,” Cain highlights what he sees as a “waking” program. The actor adds that the movement is “globalist, it’s anti-American, but it’s not daring and it’s not courageous.”
Cain also criticizes the bisexual storyline, suggesting (perhaps lightly) that by liking a hacktivist, Superman might endorse crime.
The change in content led to DC Comics colourist Gabe Eltaeb leaving the company. Eltaeb, who has worked on Superman books before, broke the news during a podcast with Ethan Van Sciver.
“My grandfather almost died in World War II; we don’t have the right to destroy the shit that people died for to give us, ”he noted, referring to the new slogan.
“Changing the catchphrase on this cartoon made a lot of people angry,” joked talk show host Stephen Colbert, “which, of course, is the American way”.
This is not the first time that he has questioned his famous motto
Superman not wrapping himself in the flag is not the fork in the road, some might think.
Hollywood journalist remembers when Superman renounced his citizenship in 2011, to protest US policies. There were also those times when his nemesis Lex Luthor became president!
RBC recalled other changes made to the character in 2017. For example, for starters, he couldn’t fly. Mentioning the famous statement of “being able to jump high-rise buildings in one leap”, they note that “the writers said it would look silly on the pages and avoided it as much as possible.”
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Several large franchises have sparked controversy over what some see as the imposition of “awakened” values. Star wars and Doctor Who are two of the long-standing properties that have annoyed sections of the fanbase going in different directions.
Will this backlash damage the Man of Steel, or will it just bounce off him like a hail of bullets?