It isn’t unusual for DC to readjust their brand of superheroes to keep them modern and adaptable. Especially in recent times, there have been all sorts of new changes made to characters like Robin or Superman’s son. But now, as revealed by DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee at DC FanDome, it looks like Superman’s motto will be getting the latest change. Specifically, the motto will be losing the iconic phrase “the American Way” which will instead be replaced by “a Better Tomorrow.” The change was apparently made to make “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” a more inclusive phrase.
The original phrase has been the motto for the iconic superhero for decades now. But it seems the time has come to change the iconic saying. Which, considering Superman does a lot more than simply save America these days, it isn’t that much of a surprise. In that context, “Truth, Justice, and a Better Tomorrow” does make a lot more sense.
As revealed at the FanDome event via THR:
“To better reflect the storylines that we are telling across DC and to honor Superman’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world, Superman’s motto is evolving, announced DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee at the company’s DC FanDome fan event on Saturday. Superman has long been a symbol of hope who inspires people, and it is that optimism and hope that powers him forward with this new mission statement.”
It’s worth noting that Superman’s son, Jon Kent, has also been using a modified version of the original motto. His happens to be, “Truth, Justice, and a Better World.” With these new mottos in mind, it seems like DC is ready to move far beyond the traditional “American Way” phrase and make Superman a more inclusive and global superhero. And considering the scale in which he protects the Earth and sometimes even other planets, it seems like a reasonable enough change.