The iconic character Superman is getting a new motto, but while many may be familiar with the phrase "truth, justice and the American way," the new motto, "Truth, Justice and A Better Tomorrow," does not mention America.
"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," DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee said. "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."
A 2006 opinion piece by Erik Lundegaard says that according to Mark Waid, the familiar "American way" phrase first showed up on a radio program. That piece also said that the phrase was later used in a television program which aired during part of the 1950s.
"The new motto, which will be used in main continuity for Clark Kent's Superman, will be featured across all mediums including comic books, film, TV, video games and more. As comic book fans already know, the DC Multiverse has featured multiple Supermen over the years, sometimes even at the same time," according to DC Comics.
"In honor of the real-world superheroes who are striving to make this world a better place, the next generation of Superman characters like Jon Kent will be fighting for "Truth, Justice and a Better World", as first introduced in SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #1," the company said.
The announcement comes after the company recently revealed that Jon Kent, the son of Lois Lane and Clark Kent, will be bisexual. Actor Dean Cain, who more than two decades ago played the Man of Steel during a 1990s television series, described that announcement as "bandwagoning."
"After initially striking up a friendship with reporter Jay Nakamura, he and Jon become romantically involved in the pages of SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #5 from writer Tom Taylor (DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL) and artist John Timms (HARLEY QUINN)," DC Comics announced earlier this month.
The revelation regarding Jon Kent will occur in the Nov. 9 issue, according to Variety.