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Friday, June 30, 2006

"Truth, justice and the American way!"

Believe it or not, the writers of the new movie Superman Returns have changed Superman's motto! I haven't seen the film yet, but web reports are saying that it's now, "truth, justice and...all that stuff." How wimpy can you get?

From Say Anything -

Director Bryan Singer admits that when they made the revision to the legendary slogan, they did have the international market in mind. Which means American audiences might like to hear those words more than foreign ticket buyers. As far as the filmmakers are concerned, Superman is for all the world. And that world includes a lot of cash.”

From SuperHeroHype.com -

Question: The line that Frank Langella says, the truth and justice. Was it deliberate to leave out the American way?
Singer: Yes. They did it so well with justifying the line "truth, justice and the American way" and the original Superman she says "you're going to end up fighting every politician in Washington." He says, "you don't really mean that Lois." She says, "you've got to be kidding." He says, "Lois I never lie." And that's such a great scene because they took that expression, which I don't shy away from, and they commented on it the way Americans are very passionate, very patriotic and self-depreciating at the same time. Americans are the first people to be weirdly simultaneously patriotic and self-criticizing. It's one of our rights as Americans. We can do that. With that notion, I didn't have a better way to take the edge off it so I did it that way. But, he is an American superhero. There's no denying that. He's the ultimate immigrant, raised on a farm in Kansas. He represents what we as Americans idealistic want to be. In that way I shy away from it, but I don't know how to. But, he's not just fighting for America. He's fighting for, you know, the world. He always was. So it's not shying away from it, it's just treating it in not a better way, but a different way. I couldn't measure up to how they treated it.

I love that line. "But, he is an American superhero. There's no denying that." He's an American superhero...but we can't dare to let him be patriotic. Pathetic.

Not to mention that it's PG-13. When are they going to make a superhero movie that's truely appropriate for kids?


  • At 7:02 PM, June 30, 2006 , Blogger Anne said...

    this pisses me off more than words can say. and I had planned on going to see the thing at some point (assuming I had a babysitter.) Well, forget that. Hollywood, will it ever cease being so antiamerican? probably not. how disappointing.

  • At 9:03 PM, July 06, 2006 , Blogger thordora said...

    Gods, and I hate Superman for BEING such a patriot. Of course, I hate Alpha Flight too, so...They shouldn't have changed that. It's part of the series, and the character.

    there are no superheroes for kids, since the target audience these days is my husbands age. Which sucks, because Vivian LOVES superheros.


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