I was just thinking about this because it’s Independence Day here in the US.
I’m probably in the minority here. I know some stories went too far with stereotyping, but in general, I have always liked the patriotic streak that ran through Superman and Wonder Woman TV and movies in the 40s-80s. I always thought it was weird that Batman didn’t have many strong patriotic stories. The Batman serials crossed the line the wrong way, IMO, so I’m not necessarily saying I miss strong nationalism, but a sense of pride in the best parts of our roots.
I guess they can’t really do so much today because they’re focused on a wider global reach, and maybe patriotism isn’t as popular these days. It’s just the times we live in. But I miss this aspect of superhero stories sometimes, and maybe it’s one reason why I still prefer a lot of the older productions.
Anybody else have thoughts on this? Am I the only one who still thinks a little pride in the red, white, and blue in superhero stories is a good thing?