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DC Comics removes ‘the American way’ from Superman’s motto

Superman (Pixabay)
October 18, 2021

Superman will no longer say “Truth, Justice and the American Way” as his motto, dropping the decades-old slogan for “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.”

According to a DC Comics press release on Saturday, the “evolving” slogan is a “nod to the past and an eye toward the future.”

“Superman’s new motto of ‘Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow’ will better reflect the global storylines that we are telling across DC and to honor the character’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world,” DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee said in a statement. “Superman has long been a symbol of hope who inspires people from around the world, and it is that optimism and hope that powers him forward with this new mission statement.”

DC Comics announced the new motto will be “featured across all mediums including comic books, TV, video games and more.”

“In honor of the real-world superheroes who are striving to make this world a better place, the next generation of Superman characters like Jon Kent will be fighting for “Truth, Justice and a Better World”, as first introduced in SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #1,” the press release stated.

Last week, DC Comics announced that the character Jon Kent, son of Clark Kent – Superman’s alternate identity — and Lois Lane, is bisexual.

“I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to see themselves in their heroes and I’m very grateful DC and Warner Bros. share this idea,” writer Tom Taylor said in a statement. “Superman’s symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Today, that symbol represents something more. Today, more people can see themselves in the most powerful superhero in comics.”

In November, readers will find Jon Kent has fallen for male reporter Jay Nakamura. After starting off as friends, “he and Jon become romantically involved.” After a scene where Superman is “mentally and physically” burned out, “Jay is there to care for the Man of Steel.”

“I’m incredibly honored to be working beside Tom on the SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL series showing Jon Kent tackling his complex modern life, while also saving the world from its greatest threats, villains and menaces,” said artist John Timms.

“We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story from Tom Taylor and John Timms,” Mr. Lee added. “We talk a lot about the power of the DC Multiverse in our storytelling and this is another incredible example. We can have Jon Kent exploring his identity in the comics as well as Jon Kent learning the secrets of his family on TV on Superman & Lois. They coexist in their own worlds and times, and our fans get to enjoy both simultaneously.”