Superman is a very American hero, even down to the costume he wears, meant to evoke the colors of the American flag.
He was the quintessential American, the “visitor from another planet” who landed in Kansas with Midwestern parents, who came to protect the American way of life and all that meant — “Truth, justice and the American way.” He also tells the story of most Americans who descended from immigrants and came from many places to form one country — the land of the free.
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But DC Comics has gone woke. They’ve now ditched that very fundamental understanding of Superman by removing “the American way” from Superman’s motto, replacing it with “a better tomorrow.”
The reason? They said they are focused on “evolving,” the Daily Mail writes. Evolving away from the character espousing the American way? Apparently.
‘To better reflect the storylines that we are telling across DC and to honor Superman’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world, Superman’s motto is evolving,’ DC Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee said at the DC FanDome fan event on Saturday.
‘Superman has long been a symbol of hope who inspires people, and it is that optimism and hope that powers him forward with this new mission statement.’
It isn’t so much about the motto itself. They want to change the very nature of the superhero, the very American superhero.
History professor Julian Chambliss who specializes in superheroes and the American experience said in a statement to USA Today in 2013 that the ‘US experience’ is at the character’s core.
‘The core narrative in Superman has been and continues to be the values and belief about the US experience being strong enough and good enough to address the troubles facing the generation engaged with the character.’
That’s the problem right there. They don’t believe in “the American way” themselves, and so they don’t want him to be a representative of that. They want him to be just another “world” hero, fighting for some amorphous “better tomorrow,” as defined by the woke. Recent issues have seen him protesting against wildfires caused by climate change, stopping a high school shooting, and protesting the deportation of illegal refugees in Metropolis.
That’s not only a denial of the character; it’s a denial of America. It’s a denial that of what America has brought, as a beacon to the world. We created something that had not existed before — something that made us exceptional, something that people have fled to from all over the world to get — rights enshrined in a Constitution and the primacy of the rule of law, not the rule of the monarch. That was — and is — still worth fighting for, with it under attack in big and small ways, all around us and especially at this time with it under such an existential threat from those on the left.
They’re more concerned with making Superman’s son bi-sexual than truly understanding what the Superman character is supposed to be about.
Former Superman actor Dean Cain had a few things to say about it all, according to the Daily Mail.
Cain also took aim at these issues, insisting that DC Comics could have done much more to highlight the impact of ‘real evil in the world’ like human trafficking, women’s rights in Afghanistan, or corruption.
‘Brave would be having him fighting for the rights of gay people in Iran where they’ll throw you off a building for the offence of being gay,’ he said.
‘They’re talking about him fighting real-world problems like climate change and the deportation of refugees and he’ll be dating a “hacktivist” whatever a “hacktivist” is, I don’t know.
‘Why don’t they have him fight the injustices that created the refugees whose deportation he’s protesting? That would be brave, I’d read that. Or fighting for the rights of women to attend school and have the ability to work and live, and boys not to be raped by men under the new warm and fuzzy Taliban. That would be brave.
‘There’s real evil in this world today, real corruption and government overreach, plenty of things to fight against. Human trafficking, real actual slavery going on… it would be brave to tackle those issues, shine a light on those issues. I’d like to see the character doing that. I’d read that comic.’
Ah, yes, that would be interesting and it would be in line with the actual character. But, it wouldn’t be woke enough for DC Comics apparently.