Certain things make you think of America. Apple Pie. Baseball. And Superman. Since the birth of superhero comic books, Kal-El, Clark Kent, Superman has stood for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. He’s faced down super villains of all kinds however in the 21st century Superman fell to the biggest disease infecting the United States: Wokeism.
It was announced this past weekend from DC Comics Editor & Chief, Jim Lee, that Superman will no longer be fighting for the American way but instead for “a better tomorrow.” Bland. Vague. And completely un-American. Over the past 10 years America has been brainwashed to believe that the American flag and the ideals attached to it are rooted in some kind of white nationalist racism and that everything associated with it must be erased.
Mix that with a weakened economy that is now dependent on China once again and we have been blasted back into the Obama years of people saying they are ashamed of America and spouting “global citizen” bullshit about conformity. And if all the other countries were like America maybe “a better tomorrow” would sound alright. But when you have a nation like China who takes part in forcing slave labor on Muslims; The Middle East who in large parts has gone back to beating women and telling them to stay home; you realize why it’s so damn important why we have heroes who fight for The American Way instead of choosing to conform or bend a knee just so you can sell a product globally.
The superhero’s backstory is about as American as it gets — a boy raised in Kansas by two farmers who wears a costume in shades of red and blue that nod to the American flag. The last time a Clark Kent-centered film hit the big screen was 2013’s Man Of Steel with Henry Cavill playing the titular character.
In 2017’s Justice League and the 2021 extended cut, he further appeared as Superman: Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
A nod to his American identity, in Justice League his character even says: “I’m from Kansas. It’s about as American as it gets,” though Snyder announced he had to fight to keep the line in the movie as he strove to portray ‘that perfect mix of Americana.”
Superman is the American dream. An immigrant from outside who came to this country, worked hard, achieved many things, and inspired many more. If that is an American hero I don’t know what is.