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.