I'm going to go on limb and say that if it wasn't for the George Reeves TV series, "The American Way" would have possible been seen as a short lived part of the Truth And Justice slogan used for the WWII era Superman and not as iconic as it is today.
Very good point, but every media incarnation of Superman has added huge pieces to the Superman character that have stuck around till today. From Radio bringing in Kryptonite to the subtle Lois Lane referring to Clark as "Smallville" in the Bruce Timm cartoons
Doesn't bother me one bit. The guy saves LIVES. Doesn't matter where that life is from. Saving the earth and all its inhabitants is what he's all about. The guy goes to alien worlds and saves lives when he's able to. He fought for "Truth and Justice", and was the "Champion of the Oppressed". Not my words, but from the creators themselves. "The American way" bit was tagged on in the old George Reeves Superman show in the 50s during the whole Senator McCartney anit-communist witch hunt. Back when everybody believed it was America against the world since supposedly every other country fell into communist hands. He was originally considered an honorary citizen of every country so I'm not sure why DC didn't just go with that angle.
As far as I know, John Byrne made Superman an "official" citizen during his "Man Of Steel" reboot amongst other weird alterations (like him being shot from Krypton as a fetus, not a baby, so he would be "born" American). Pretty much the only thing done with this was making a "future" where Superman would be President Of The United States. And even that was only used for one story (Armageddon 2001) and never again. :-/
Well, I guess since WWII is over and He's done sabotaging Nazis, he can be an international Hero. I figure DC is just looking at how popular he is globally. Bad news for "US", good news for the world. We can share. Superman can do whatever... It's Clark who needs to worry about loosing his 401k and social succurity after 70+ years at the Daily Planet. Meh, he still fights for truth and justice... The 3rd one is optional for him I guess. Nice picture by the way.
American dude here, just wanted to say that this isn't so shocking.
In Action Comics #900, David S. Goyer wrote the story that Supes meets with a government dude and explains that he can't be stricktly American anymore. His reasoning for being is that anything he might do could be construed as American intervention, like when he went to the Middle East to prevent a riot between protestors & anti-protestors. It makes sense, I mean Superman loves EARTH, not just America. "The American Way" was meant to be for freedom & the pursuit of happiness, not for American ideals. It wasn't too bad, it's just that Grounded kinda makes people wary given how Supes is being portrayed now.
As an AMerican, it doesn't really bother me that he renounced his US citizenship. It's supposed to mean he's a protector of EARTH, not just the USA. I mean, at thew very least, Superman has become a worldwide symbol, kinda selfish to keep him all to ourselves...right?
You mean the "illegal" immigrants? lol If they want to come to America to make a better living for themselves and their families, they need to come here legally like other immigrants. I'm one of those immigrants who came here legally.