'Better tomorrow' replaces 'the American way' as Superman's new motto
- DC spokesperson said that the Man of Steel’s motto will be “evolving” from the well-known mantra
- In reality, Superman has followed several mantras over the decades
- All of which involved variations on “truth” and “justice” as central to the iconic superhero’s identity
Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher of DC, announced on Saturday during the virtual fan event DC Fandome that Superman will be “evolving” from the mantra that he fights for “Truth, Justice and the American Way.”
Superman’s new “mission statement” is “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow", reports Variety.com
In a press statement, the company said the decision is meant “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.”
“Truth, Justice and the American Way” saying came from a “Superman” radio serial in the early 1940s, as a way to cheer on American military efforts in World War II.
The “American Way” motto was revived for the “Adventures of Superman” TV series that aired in the 1950s — during the first days of the Cold War and the height of McCarthyism paranoia.
By the 1960s, the motto shifted to “truth, justice and freedom” on the kids cartoon series, “The New Adventures of Superman.”
However, the 1978 feature film starring Christopher Reeve revived the “American Way” version, with the Man of Steel speaking the words himself, further cementing it in the cultural consciousness as the superhero’s credo, reports Variety.
DC’s latest decision to have the head of the company officially announce Superman’s motto appears to be a statement that the Man of Steel is a hero for everyone. Most recently, on October 11, DC announced that Jon Kent — Superman’s son, who also wears the iconic “S” shield as a superhero — would come out as bisexual.