Superman motto 'American Way' is back

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Director James Gunn, who assumed the head of DC Studios in November 2022 along with Peter Safran, announced via press release on Wednesday that, in addition to his corporate leadership duties he would be directing a new Superman film, Superman: Legacy, and that film will reinstate the Last Son of Krypton’s iconic mission statement: he fights for truth, justice and the American way.

According to the press release, “Superman: Legacy tells the story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned,” reports the Daily Mail.

Gunn followed up the press release with a Twitter thread confirming he was directing the picture and posted an image from Grant Morrison’s famous run on the Superman comic from 2005 in All Star Superman, a series that focused on the character’s core values and ideology.

Superman comics ditched Superman’s mission statement in July 2021 with writer Tom Taylor’s take on the character in the series Superman: Son of Kal-El. In Taylor’s run, Superman is no longer known as Kal-El, who would often don the secret identity of mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, but rather his son Jonathan Kent, who takes over as Superman following Kal-El’s disappearance in DC continuity.

In an argument with Batman’s son, Damien Wayne, Superman said he wanted the “S” on his chest to stand for “Truth, justice, and a better world.”

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