During a recent interview with a conservative news outlet, Lois & Clark star Dean Cain criticizes recent statements made by the “new” Captain America.
Dean Cain of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman has recently shared criticisms of Marvel’s new Captain America. With the current political state of the US, it is not that surprising for celebrities to make statements either supporting or opposing some of the statements made in pop-culture nowadays. And with Captain America especially, anything Marvel has him say has the potential to stir up controversy.
Cain’s prominence in the world of entertainment began in 1993 when he took on the role of Clark Kent/Superman on Lois and Clark. While the series only lasted 4 years, it left an indelible impression on comic book fans, who were starved for good live-action superhero content at the time. Since then, none of Cain’s projects have removed the image of being Superman from the minds of fans, hence why his criticisms about Captain America have more weight to them.
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During a recent interview with conservative news outlet, Daily Wire, Cain criticized recent statements made by Marvel Comics’ new Captain America. He seemed to be specifically addressing a recent comics speech wherein Cap shed doubt on the reality of “the American Dream.” Cap’s whole point being that the “American Dream” was never real to begin with, and that the “lie [the American Dream] is a real problem because it comes in the form of an empty promise. A while back, we told the world they could come here for a better life. But too often we turn our backs on them. Instead of a dream, they get handed a raw deal.” None of this speech sat right with Cain, whose response can be seen below:
You know, I love Captain America; I love the concept of Captain America, but I am so tired of all of this wokeness and anti-Americanism. You know, we just celebrated our 245th birthday. In my opinion, America is the greatest country in history. It’s not perfect; we are constantly striving for a more perfect union, as we all know, but I believe she’s the most fair, equitable country ever, with more opportunity than anyone’s ever seen. And that’s why people are clamoring to get here from all over the globe…I agree with Senator Tom Cotton, who was on a couple of days ago, who said that perhaps Captain needs to be demoted to Lieutenant. I think it makes good sense.
Cain has never been shy about his political opinions or leanings (he openly voted for Trump in 2016/2020), though he has demonstrated that his views do not always line up with one political party. The issue for him is what he sees as a current trend to hate on America. In his words, “The cool thing to do today is bash America. The comic books do it; the schools indoctrinate our kids, they do that; our movies, our television shows are full of it.” While that may be pervasive in modern media, Cain may be missing the reason why so many artists are expressing criticisms of the United States these days.
Is Captain America too down on America these days? Does Cain have a point at the end of the day? To Marvel, it seems clear that being patriotic, and fighting for America does not mean agreeing with everything those in power have to say. Captain America has always seemed to do just that, following his own conscience and doing what he thinks is moral and right. The irony is that both Captain American and Cain are arguing for a better America; they just do not see eye-to-eye on what exactly that means.
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