White House correspondent Jessica Yellin blogs:
It seems "the American Way" is no longer righteous enough for Superman.
The people behind the new movie Superman Returns have altered Clark Kent's super motto. No longer "Truth, justice and the American Way" it's now "Truth, justice, and all of that stuff." That's according to Jeanne Wolf who interviewed the screenwriter and producer for her column on movies.com.
Director Bryan Singer tells Wolf they made the change because they believe overseas audiences might not react to those words quite the way American audiences do.
Screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris put it this way:
Mike: "When it comes to the American way, that's tricky."Dan: "I don't think 'the American way' means what it meant in 1945."Mike: "He's not just for Metropolis, and not just for America."Dan: "He's an alien, from Krypton; he has come to Earth to be kind of a savior for this world, not our country â€¦ And he has no papers."Mike: "What would happen with the immigration laws we have now?"Dan: "I'd like to see someone kick him out!"
It would seem Superman is a citizen of the world (the universe?), not the US. Tricky times to market an international superhero...
The movie opens tomorrow with special showings tonight.