Wednesday night I went with some friends to watch “Superman Returns.” Overall a pretty good movie, but when did Superman stop standing for the American Way? Actually, Superman probably still does, but Perry White, the Editor at the “Daily Planet” just can’t bring himself to say “American way.” He asks his reporters to find out if Superman still stands for “truth, justice….and all that stuff.” No reporter ever get’s around to asking him, so we can’t be sure how the 2006 version of Superman would answer.
Hollywood Reporter has more on this:
In fact, Dougherty and Harris never even considered including “the American way” in their screenplay. After the wunderkind writing duo (“X2: X-Men United”) conceived “Superman’s” story with director Bryan Singer during a Hawaiian vacation, they penned their first draft together and intentionally omitted what they considered to be a loaded and antiquated expression. That decision stood throughout the 140-day shoot in Australia, where the pair remained on-set to provide revisions and tweaks.
“We were always hesitant to include the term ‘American way’ because the meaning of that today is somewhat uncertain,” Ohio native Dougherty explains. “The ideal hasn’t changed. I think when people say ‘American way,’ they’re actually talking about what the ‘American way’ meant back in the ’40s and ’50s, which was something more noble and idealistic.”