Truth, Justice, and all that stuff

The proudly American Superman whose famous slogan inspired this blog is dead. Meet the new, multicultural “international” Superman:

But in the latest film incarnation [of Superman], scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris sought to downplay Superman’s long-standing patriot act. With one brief line uttered by actor Frank Langella, the caped superhero’s mission transformed from “truth, justice and the American way” to “truth, justice and all that stuff.”

“The world has changed. The world is a different place,” Pennsylvania native Harris says. “The truth is he’s an alien. He was sent from another planet. He has landed on the planet Earth, and he is here for everybody. He’s an international superhero.”
Dougherty and Harris never even considered including “the American way” in their screenplay…they penned their first draft together and intentionally omitted what they considered to be a loaded and antiquated expression…

…the long-standing member of the Justice League of America seems to have traded in his allegiance to the flag for an international passport. “He’s here for humanity,” Dougherty says.

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  1. ben

    So the two shrill dopes who wrote ‘Superman Returns’ have exploited their position as cast members to plant a cheap political statement in their film. Not surprising, buys themselves into hollywood political fashion or something. To leftists in hollywood, or any medium for that matter, the underhanded exploitation of their product for bush-bashing is as good as dope. They lick it up like crack whores.

    Censor Superman? OK, whatever. These fools can trash Superman today, but when this generic sequel has run its course and landed buried in dust on the movie store shelf, Superman will still be the same as he always was.

    Superman has always been a global superhero, and he’ll always stand for the American way.

  2. Frank

    They made another dig. Lex Luthor gloats that he’ll have more modern weapons than anyone on Earth, then proclaims “Bring it on!”

  3. Superman has and always will be America’s greatest hero! He was created in the Good Old US of A, born on the planet Krypton, sent to earth by his parents when their planet was on the verge of annhilation, crash landed in a small American town (Smallville), was raised by two American parents, and went to work for an American newspaper in an American city. Surely his impact and influence has been world-wide and he would fly anywhere to combat the forces of evil. But he STILL stands for and represents the ideals and beliefs upon which this country was founded. Those who would try to take away any part of this heritage, because they think it is no longer meaningful or politically correct, have disgraced the legend and the man. Shame on them!

  4. Tashi

    Superman is by all standards, an alien. And according to current immigration laws, he’d probably he deported. The American Way of the 1940s is certainly not the same under the Bush Administration in 2006. And lastly, films have to do well internationally to make a profit, and with America being the rogue nation it is under Bush, it’s probably a good idea to leave out “The American Way.” Although I suppose they could’ve edited it for two different markets.

  5. Graham

    “Superman has and always will be America’s greatest hero! He was created in the Good Old US of A…”

    You do realise that:

    a) Superman’s creator was Canadian

    b) The “truth, justice, and the American Way” was not added until the ’50s show, and so taking it away is actually more true to Supes’ roots than leaving it.

    I have no opinion on way or the other on whether it should be in there, but Superman isn’t as American as you might want to believe.

  6. “Superman has and always will be America’s greatest hero! He was created in the Good Old US of A…”

    You do realise that:

    a) Superman’s creator was Canadian


    Wrongo! Superman was created by two fine Cleveland boys from Glenville High School in the 1930’s.

  7. “Superman has and always will be America’s greatest hero! He was created in the Good Old US of A…”

    You do realise that:

    a) Superman’s creator was Canadian

    Wrongo! Superman was created by two fine Cleveland boys from Glenville High School in the 1930’s.

    You’re both right. Joseph Shuster “was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Jewish immigrants. His father, Julius, an immigrant from Rotterdam, and his mother, Ida, who had come from Kiev, were barely able to make ends meet…At the age of ten, Shuster’s family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where, by the age of eighteen, he and his friend Jerry Siegel began publishing a short-lived ‘Science Fiction’ magazine. Shuster made the drawings and Siegel did the writing, creating a super character that a few years later evolved into a comic strip. Employed by DC-National, the pair produced a variety of comic stories, including the lead feature in the company’s issue of the first Action Comics in 1938. The feature character in that issue, Superman, was an enormous success that led to what is referred to as the “‘olden Age of Comic Books.'” —Wiki

    “Born in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio, Jerome Siegel was, as a teenager, a fan of the merging literary genre that came to be known as science fiction. Together with schoolmate Joe Shuster, Siegel published several science-fiction magazines and, in 1933, they came up with their own science-fiction hero – Superman.” —superman.ws

    Superman: An American icon, created by two fine American boys…one of whom was born in Ontario but whose family left Canada when he was ten.

    The never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way: “codified in the form most of us remember it” in the 1950’s through the television episodes, but first used in the fall of 1942 in the radio shows, when Superman was 4. Erik Lundegaard, International Herald-Tribune.

    Now, it seems the hustle-and-bustle of the Daily Planet is something of which Schuster had a genuine passion from his childhood days in Toronto, but everything else is an American creation by American boys, upholding American ideals, created once their poor jewish families had immigrated to the New World from European states that afforded far less personal opportunity. Gee, that kind of reminds me of someone. Someone like…

    “[Ayn] Rand was born [Alyssa Rosenbaum] in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and was the eldest of three daughters…Rand was twelve at the time of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and her family life was disrupted by the rise of the Bolshevik party. Her father’s pharmacy was confiscated by the Soviets, and the family fled to Crimea to recover financially…In February 1926, she arrived in the United States at the age of twenty-one, entering by ship through New York City, which would ultimately become her home. She was profoundly moved by the city’s skyline, later describing it in one of her novels, The Fountainhead: “I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline, the sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body.” —Wiki

    The Fountainhead was published just a few months after Superman came to defend “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” Each of these works was the manifestation of simple and wholesome patriotic passion, borne of gratitude of immigrants toward the homeland that gave their families opportunity, just as that homeland was coming under attack.

    …so taking it away is actually more true to Supes’ roots than leaving it.

    I don’t know where you picked that up. With all due respect, if someone is out there peddling this load, I’d say it’s high time they were called on it.

  8. “Truth, Justice, and All That Stuff”

    With the release of “Superman Returns” the movie at worst would insult and at the least be an irritant to many of the fans by the phrase, “Truth, Justice, and All that stuff”. The suspicion is that “The American Way” was not used as to increase overseas sales. Although in the space alien movie “Independence Day” the “Spiderman” movies, and the Christopher Reeve Superman movies, the American ethos was very clear. Did the flag waving hurt their sales? I think not.

    I believe those in Hollywood think using “American Way” symbolizes America’s worst. Our over-consumption, or maybe our alleged exploitation of natural resources. Some may even think that the U.S. has imperialistic tendencies. And I admit, we are a fallen people but “American Way” never was meant to be used for moral superiority, or to be used jingoistically.

    “American Way” applies to the Charters of Freedom. The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights. Hollywood may not know this, but the millions of people risking their lives to come into this country know exactly what they are looking for. Is it “Brazil’s Way”? Is it “Europe’s Way”? Is it “China’s Way”?

    I want to be fair. I like to see national pride in movies even if it’s not my nation. Can you imagine James Bond not being part of “Her Majesty’s Secret Service’?

    John Philip Sousa’s, “Stars and Stripes Forever” is considered our unofficial national anthem. I submit that Superman is our unofficial American Flag. Superman is a fictional American immigrant that stands for everything that is good in our country. The human condition desires truth, and justice. And yes, the American Way. Just ask your local immigrant.

  9. Paul Revear

    There is no Truth or Justice in the American Way. I have just finished watching “Freedom to Fascism” (no law to pay taxes) and “Small Change” the truth about 911. I felt like I was watching a small child being burnt at the stake and being helpless to help. Watch these documentry films Americans and wake up.
    god help you all.

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