Superman’s mission statement has become a part of not only comedy culture, but pop culture itself over the past few decades. But after all these years defending “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” Clark Kent has yet another rallying cry.
As part of DC FanDome, DC Creative Director and Publisher Jim Lee announced that Superman has a new mission statement to better reflect modernity. His new mission statement? “Truth, justice and a better future. “
Lee explained that the change is designed to “better reflect the stories we tell across DC and to honor Superman’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world.” To do so, it means that Superman’s motto is evolving. Lee added that “Superman has long been a symbol of hope that inspires people, and it is that optimism and hope that drives him to move forward with this new mission statement.”
Check out the new mission statement below:
The motto “Truth, Justice and the American Way” first appeared in the 1940s as one of the few different mottos for Supes in the Superman Adventures radio series, according to the New York Times. He also stuck when Superman first came to television in the 1950s. But with the “American Way” Superman fought “an endless battle for truth and justice” in the cartoons of the early 1940s. But that’s not all! Superman also fought “in the interests of truth, tolerance, and justice” in the 1948 live-action series.
Superman’s mission statements fluctuated a bit during this decade or so, until the motto “American Way” really gained momentum and became a key part of the Superman mythos during the Cold War era. part of the Superman Adventures TV series in the early 1950s. Of course, the phrase also appeared in Christopher Reeve’s 1978 Superman movie, which solidified it for a generation of superhero fans.
As for the new “Better Tomorrow” mission? Who knows where it’ll happen next, but DC has a lot of comics, movies, and Superman TV shows across the spectrum. So it stands to reason that we will hear it aloud (or in printed form) soon enough.
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