Truth, Justice, and the Un-American Way

Have you seen this story in the Hollywood Reporter? In the new movie “Superman Returns”, Superman does return alright; as a UN loving, dictator-appeasing, genocide-accepting, anti-American, we-are-all-people-of-the-world Euro-trash wuss. OK, that’s an exaggeration of the underlying point but the writers of the new Superman movie have decided to keep the Americanism out of the Superman character. He is no longer a patriotic hero but has instead, been written as an “international superhero”. He no longer fights for the “American way” because the writers felt it necessary to give credence to the people who view the United States as the new Evil Empire.

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Hollywood Reporter) Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (the screenplay writers) 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," Harris says… We were always hesitant to include the term 'American way' because the meaning of that today is somewhat uncertain," Ohio native Dougherty explains. "I think when people say 'American way,' they're actually talking about what the 'American way' meant back in the '40s and '50s…
So, you play the movie in a foreign country, and you say, 'What does he stand for'? I think a lot of people's opinions of what the American way means outside of this country are different from what the line actually means (in Superman lore) because they are not the same anymore. And (using that line) would taint the meaning of what he is saying."

First of all, who gives a shit what people outside of the United States think the term “American way” means! And the meaning of the phrase is not “uncertain” to the average person. You don’t change the ideology of an icon who was meant to lift the spirits of our fellow countrymen and those who were in the armed services fighting against tyranny and oppression because some misguided moron hates our country now. It just so happens that we are again in foreign lands fighting against oppressing forces and sacrificing lives to free millions of people from the Taliban and one of the worst dictators in the history of the world; all in an effort to secure the country. And these writers don’t even have the decency to uphold the meaning of Superman because they don’t like the way we are detaining terrorists or the way the world views us…What is that about?

Since the war on terror is a war that many people in Hollywood feel the United States is the root cause of; they did not hesitate to take that phrase from the movie and skew it to match their own beliefs. They allowed their anti-war tendencies to manipulate one of the hero’s trademarks to make everyone who watches the movie feel comfortable (how sweet, huh?). And that’s not surprising because writers in Hollywood have more in common with terrorist-sympathizers and anti-American elements throughout the world than they do with real Americans.