Superman is officially leaving “the American Way”.
DC Creative Director and Editor Jim Lee announced at the DC Fandome virtual fan event on Saturday that the Man of Steel motto will “evolve” from the well-known mantra he fights for “Truth, Justice and the American Way “. . “
Superman’s new “mission statement”: “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.” “
In a press release, the company said the move was “to better reflect the storylines we tell across DC and to honor Superman’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world.”
In fact, Superman has followed several mantras over the decades, all of which involved variations on the “truth” and “justice” at the heart of the iconic superhero’s identity.
In fact, “Truth, Justice and the American Way” did not originate from the early Superman comics by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Instead, the saying came from a radio series “Superman” in the early 1940s, as a way to encourage US military efforts during World War II. The motto “American Way” was carried over to the “Adventures of Superman” television series which aired in the 1950s – during the early days of the Cold War and the height of McCarthyism’s paranoia.
In the 1960s, the motto changed to “Truth, Justice and Freedom” in the children’s cartoon series “The New Adventures of Superman”. But arguably the best-known adaptation of “Superman” – the 1978 feature film starring Christopher Reeve – revived the “American Way” version, with the Man of Steel himself uttering the words, cementing it further into it. cultural awareness as a superhero credo. .
Since then, however, the motto “American Way” has fallen into disuse. In the 1993 live-action series “Lois & Clark”, Superman fought for “truth and justice” period, and in the 2006 film “Superman Returns”, with Brandon Routh, the editor of the Daily Planet. Perry White (Frank Langella) blithely asks if Superman is still fighting for “truth, justice, all that.”
Just eight months ago, an issue of DC Comics’ “Batman / Superman # 16” featured Superman’s mantra as “Truthfulness, Tolerance and Justice,” which writer Gene Luen Yang tweeted in tribute to the mission that Clark Kent’s father confides in him. a 1948 “Superman” film series.
Still, DC’s decision to ask the head of the company to officially announce Superman’s motto appears to be a precise statement that the Man of Steel is a hero to everyone, as part of an effort. wider at the scale of the company to broaden its representation. Most recently, on October 11, DC announced that Jon Kent – the son of Superman, who also wears the iconic “S” shield as a superhero – will become bisexual.