October 18, 2021
The iconic comic book hero Superman will no longer stand for ‘The American Way’, according to DC Comics’ chief creative officer and publisher Jim Lee, who claimed Saturday that the tag line which has been part of the character’s story since 1940 needs to ‘evolve’.
Lee announced that “To better reflect the storylines that we are telling across DC and to honor Superman’s incredible legacy over 80 years of building a better world,” Superman’s motto will now be “truth, justice, and a better tomorrow.”
— IGN (@IGN) October 16, 2021
Lee added that “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.”
Despite the entire point of Superman being a story of America (an immigrant coming to a new world and standing for freedom, morality, justice etc etc) that wouldn’t be woke enough in 2021, and so the notion of America as a righteous place has been unceremoniously dropped.
DC comics previously had Superman renounce his American citizenship in a speech before the UN in which the hero declared “I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy. ‘Truth, Justice and the American Way,’ it’s not enough anymore. The world’s too small. Too connected.”
Superman doesn’t fight for exclusively America. Him fighting for a better tomorrow is a better motto. He’s not the man of America, he’s for everyone. pic.twitter.com/sTnKa1us45
— forgetfullotte (@forgetfullotter) October 17, 2021
Recent woke issues of the comic have seen Superman protesting against wildfires caused by climate change, preventing a high school shooting, and protesting the deportation of illegal refugees in Metropolis.
In addition, DC comics has made Superman’s son a bi-sexual climate change concerned social justice warrior.