DC Comics, a publisher of a famous franchise of Superman comics, announced a decision to change the slogan that had accompanied the comics for decades.
Instead of pointing out that the legendary Man of Steel stands for “truth, justice, and the American way,” the superhero is now said to fight for “truth, justice, and a better tomorrow.”
American way doesn’t mean better tomorrow anymore
The DC Comics’ management decision came as a surprise to many fans of the franchise.
The company’s chief publisher and creative officer Jim Lee told the attendees of an online DC FanDome event on Saturday that the move came as a part of the aim to create a more global version of the famous superhero.
Lee said that DC opted for a new motto to offer a better reflection of the storylines told by DC over the years, adding that the slogan is evolving as a response to the need to honor an 80-year-old legacy of the franchise.
Lee continued, emphasizing that Superman had become a symbol of hope and inspiration for a lot of people.
The DC’s creative officer added that optimism and hope would be the forces that will drive the superhero into new missions, characterized by the new motto.
Unfortunately, Lee did not provide a more detailed explanation on why his company decided to omit the part of the Superman slogan that refers to the “American way.”
This part of the motto accompanied the DC’s character since the time of the radio show Adventures of a Superman, which aired in the 1940s.
Obviously, the alteration of Superman’s motto is set to displease many fans of the franchise.
Many of them voiced their dissatisfaction on social media.
However, the change of the slogan was not the only change that has annoyed the fans of the comics recently.
The Superman fans were even more displeased when the DC announced last week that the next comic book would involve Jon Kent, Superman’s alter-ego Clark Kent’s son, as a bisexual version of the Superman.
It remains to be seen whether and how would both of these changes affect the popularity of the comic franchise.