Dean Cain wants to preserve the American way, especially with the superheroes and cops, as we grew up with it.
Cain, who played Superman/Clark Kent in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman back in the 1990s, was livid over Time Magazine’s article titled, “We’re Re-examining How We Portray Cops Onscreen. Now It’s Time to Talk About Superheroes.”
He stated on Fox News that “I promise you, as Superman, I wouldn’t today be allowed to say ‘truth, justice, and the American way.”
Time Magazine’s author, Eliana Dockterman, called for systemic changes in the superhero industry like the changes for cop shows and movies. Most recently, long-running shows like Cops and Live PD are canceled, while other cop shows are being re-examined like Paw Patrol and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Dockterman identifies the superhero genre fixated too much on white heroes and praised them as “cops with capes.” She cites Batman, Superman, and The Punisher as examples.
Additionally, she states these superheroes work too closely with the government and law enforcement agencies like S.H.I.E.L.D., Gotham police commissioner Gordon and even a secret government agency in Suicide Squad. And there’s no oversight committee to keep these heroes in check.
Her solution is to promote more black voices in the production—both in directing and writing of superhero television shows and movies. She commended recent achievements of Black Panther, Blade, and even Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
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Dean Cain, a conservative pundit, and a reserve police officer, defended the traditionalist view of cops and superheroes.
He told Fox News, “I played a superhero on television. This is insane to me, though. These people will spring anti-police rhetoric all day long, but when their life is threatened, and they need a hero—they will dial 9-1-1. A police officer will show up because police officers are heroes.
“This whole cancel culture thing that we’re living in right now is crazy. It’s like an early version of George Orwell’s ‘1984,’” he continued. “Up is down. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
Cain finally pointed out that Hollywood doesn’t necessarily idolize cops all the time. He cited movies like The Departed, The Wire, Training Day, and even BlacKkKlansman.
“A bad cop is a great villain. They’re not supposed to be bad.” he said.
For now, Dean Cain is suffering a lot of backlash on Twitter over his comments, and they’re urging to “cancel” him.
What do you think? Should there be significant changes to superheroes? Or is Dean Cain even right?