Friday, June 30, 2006

Superman and all that stuff hits the mainstream.

Entertainment: Talked about it a couple of weeks ago about the change approved by Singer and screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris who could not stand the fact one of the iconic parts of Superman which was saying "truth, justice and the American way." They changed it to all that stuff which was not only politically correct but a deliberate slap in the face of American moviegoers. The writers who are seem to be full on internationalists made Superman is a citizen of the world..yaaah.

"...Whether kicking Nazi butt on the radio in the '40s or wrapping himself in the Stars and Stripes on TV during the Cold War or even rescuing the White House's flag as his final feat in "Superman II," the Krypton-born, Smallville-raised Ubermensch always has been steeped in unmistakable U.S. symbolism. But in his latest film incarnation, screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris sought to downplay Superman's long-standing patriot act. With one brief line uttered by actor Frank Langella, the caped superhero's mission transformed from "truth, justice and the American way" to "truth, justice and all that stuff." "The world has changed. The world is a different place," Pennsylvania native Harris says. "The truth is he's an alien. He was sent from another planet. He has landed on the planet Earth, and he is here for everybody. He's an international superhero." 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." While audiences in Dubuque might bristle at Superman's newfound global agenda, patrons in Dubai likely will find the DC Comics protagonist more palatable. And with the increasing importance of the overseas box office -- as evidenced by summer tentpoles like "The Da Vinci Code" -- foreign sensibilities can no longer be ignored. "So, you play the movie in a foreign country, and you say, 'What does he stand for? -- truth, justice and the American way.' I think a lot of people's opinions of what the American way means outside of this country are different from what the line actually means (in Superman lore) because they are not the same anymore," Harris says. "And (using that line) would taint the meaning of what he is saying." ....Nevertheless, the long-standing member of the Justice League of America seems to have traded in his allegiance to the flag for an international passport. "He's here for humanity," Dougherty says.
I could even understand them shooting two different versions, so the most you could lob at the studio would be they are money grubbing whores. But they didn't consider the line because of their "world view" and tainted the movie with this nonsense. You don't like line, don't include it. Putting it in there because of a deranged we are the world mentality is an insult.

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