Dean Cain, widely known as Superman on TV's Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, was a good friend of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle -- immortalized in the new Clint Eastwood film American Sniper.
When Kyle was killed, Cain posted a series of tweets honoring the man many believe was an American hero.
Found this image of @HonorChrisKyle and @RealDeanCain. Today marks the release of #AmericanSniper. GO SEE IT!!! pic.twitter.com/ZF983RVlTKSo when comments came out against the film and snipers in general -- namely from documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and comedian Seth Rogen -- he took issue. Moore called snipers "cowards" and claimed that he had an uncle in WWII who was killed by one as justification. Rogen said that the entire film reminded him of a Nazi propaganda piece in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglorious Basterds. The one-two punch was enough for Dean Cain, who directly confronted the two men on Twitter.
— Papa Bear (@PapaBearLSMC) January 16, 2015
@MMFlint Disparage #ChrisKyle to my face. We'll see who is a coward. #Disrespect #Coward — Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) January 19, 2015
@Sethrogen Seth...I like your films, but right now, I wanna kick your ass. Chris is an American Hero. Period. Go to war. Then we'll talk.As of Monday night, neither Michael Moore nor Seth Rogen have responded to the outburst, and it might be a good idea they didn't in case there is a chance they ever come across one another in person.
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) January 19, 2015
Dean Cain was a star college football player in addition to playing the Man of Steel, and he continues to maintain his physical fitness.
Rogen and Moore aren't known for that.
One positive that might help that potential face-to-face showdown: both Moore and Rogen have since backtracked their comments concerning the film and Chris Kyle in general.
Moore pointed out that he had never said anything about Kyle, in particular, though the fact his comments targeted all snipers in general did little to appease his detractors.
Rogen backtracked with less of an apology and more of a "media blew my comments out of proportion" statement.
Given Cain's involvement in conservative causes and his frequent appearances on Fox News, it's unlikely he'll buy any of that.
But what do you think, readers? Did Michael Moore and Seth Rogen make the appropriate mea culpas over Chris Kyle and American Sniper, or is Dean Cain right to go after them?