After nearly 80 years, Superman will no longer fight for “truth, justice and the American way.” Instead, the Man of Steel will soon become The Man of Tomorrow.
With a nod to the past and an eye toward the future, it was announced at DC FanDome that Kal-El’s new motto is evolving to “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.”
“Superman’s new motto of ‘Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow’ will better reflect the global storylines that we are telling across DC and to honor the character’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world,” said DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. “Superman has long been a symbol of hope who inspires people from around the world, and it is that optimism and hope that powers him forward with this new mission statement.”
The new motto, which will be used in the 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.
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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.
Coined in a 1942 episode of the Superman radio show, “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” became synonymous with the superhero thanks to its use in the opening credits of the 1950s TV series “The Adventures of Superman.” It was also used in the Richard Donner classic, Superman: The Movie. Later, the phrase changed in Bryan Singer’s 2006 Superman Returns. Here, Perry White barks, “Truth, justice and all that stuff” instead of “Truth, justice and the American way.”
Earlier this month, there were other big changes for the Super Family as son Jon, who has taken over for Clark because of his fading powers, came out as Bisexual.