'American way' dropped from Superman's updated motto
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Superman is getting an updated motto from DC Comics that drops "the American Way" from “Truth, Justice and the American Way," Variety reported.

The new Superman motto will be "Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.”

Jim Lee, DC Comics' publisher and chief creative officer, announced the change during the virtual fan event DC Fandome on Saturday. 


In a statement, the company said the decision was made to reflect storylines told across the publisher and to honor Superman’s long-lasting legacy, according to Variety. 

Superman has followed several mantras over the past 80 years that have included variations of “truth” and “justice” to represent the superhero’s identity. 

Since 1993, “The American Way” mantra has fallen out of favor; the live-action series “Lois & Clark” and the 2006 feature film “Superman Returns” used the motto that Superman fights for “truth and justice,” Variety reported. 

A recent DC Comics issue of “Batman/Superman” presented the hero’s mantra as “Truth, Tolerance, and Justice,” with comic writer Gene Luen Yang explaining the mantra was used to pay homage to a mission Superman’s father gave to him in past films. 

“The issue is an homage to the Superman and Batman movie serials of the 1940s. The phrase 'Truth, Tolerance, and Justice' rather than the more familiar 'Truth, Justice, and the American Way' is a tribute to the 1948 Superman film serial,” Lang tweeted in March.

The new mantra comes as DC Comics announced that Superman’s son, Jon Kent, would come out as bisexual in the comic book series, Variety reported.