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Superman: Symbol of Hope Overshadowed by Nationality Identification

Analyzing the history of Superman’s concept as a hero who fights for truth, justice, and freedom, to how freedom was replaced by the "American Way" leading to fans and casual readers to argue about Superman’s national identity. Overlooking how national identity does not solely define Superman’s legacy as an inspiration for hope, and question if his label as an "American icon" is more harmful to the character than anticipated.

  • They did do a Red Son superman where he was no longer fighting for the American way but for the Russian way. I am not sure if that would be helpful seeing as he is still fighting for a national identity. Perhaps there is room here to analyze audience responses and see how some creators conflate national identity with freedom. – DClarke 5 years ago
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