The actor Dean Cain, who is best known for playing Superman on television in the 1990s has claimed that if he were to play the character today he wouldn't be allowed to say patriotic things like "truth, justice, and the American way" anymore.
During an interview with Ainsley Earhardt on Fox News on Thursday, Cain was asked about a recent article published by Time magazine calling for superheroes to be 'cancelled' in the same way that shows that glorify police activity like Cops. Although the article would appear to be open to scrutiny, Cain's attempt to criticise it was equally misguided.
While bemoaning the inaccurate claims that cops are made out to be heroes in Hollywood movies he goes on to add that if he were to play the 'Man of Steel' today then he wouldn't be allowed to be patriotic.
This stuff just drives me insane. I promise you that as Superman, today, I wouldn't be allowed to say 'truth, justice and the American way'.
Although Earhardt agreed with him, Cain's statement didn't exactly go down well with many pointing out that Superman's history would show that he probably wouldn't agree with Cain's conservative, Trump-supporting outlook on the world.
Even more embarrassing for Cain was the revelation that Superman has said those exact words in a comic book that was published just last year.
In Superman: Up in the Sky the 'Last Son of Krypton' is transported back to World War II where he fights alongside the fictional war hero Sgt Rock.
The story was written by Tom King who after hearing Cain's grudge took a picture of the panel where Superman said that he 'believes in the American way' and sent it to the actor.
In fairness, Cain conceded that he was wrong and complimented King on putting that line in the story. However, he did take exception with being called a 'motherf**ker.'
King who is an ex-CIA officer fired back, lambasting Cain for using his platform to discourage people from not wearing masks during a pandemic and potentially contributing to the spread of coronavirus.
Cain brushed this off and claimed that it was "a joke".
Cain shot to prominence in mainstream media for playing Superman in the popular TV show Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman which ran for four seasons between 1993 and 1997.