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Monday, June 26, 2006
My second comic related post in two weeks!
Is anybody else bothered by the fact that the classic line "truth, justice and the American way," is altered in the new Superman movie to "truth, justice, all that stuff..."?
For what it is worth: here's the director, Brian Singer's, explanation on Superherohype.com:
Q: The line that Frank Langella says, the truth and justice. Was it deliberate to leave out the American way?
Singer: Yes. They did it so well with justifying the line "truth, justice and the American way" and the original Superman she says "you're going to end up fighting every politician in Washington." He says, "you don't really mean that Lois." She says, "you've got to be kidding." He says, "Lois I never lie." And that's such a great scene because they took that expression, which I don't shy away from, and they commented on it the way Americans are very passionate, very patriotic and self-depreciating at the same time. Americans are the first people to be weirdly simultaneously patriotic and self-criticizing. It's one of our rights as Americans. We can do that. With that notion, I didn't have a better way to take the edge off it so I did it that way. But, he is an American superhero. There's no denying that. He's the ultimate immigrant, raised on a farm in Kansas. He represents what we as Americans idealistic want to be. In that way I shy away from it, but I don't know how to. But, he's not just fighting for America. He's fighting for, you know, the world. He always was. So it's not shying away from it, it's just treating it in not a better way, but a different way. I couldn't measure up to how they treated it.
My explanation is simpler, but probably more on the mark: foreign $ trumps patriotism.
"Superman here. It is good to hear from you, Mr. Secretary General."
"Sure, I'd love to help you divert funds away from the Iraqi people into your son's bank account, but you will have to wait until I get done delivering condoms to the underprivileged."
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