George Reeves, eh? That's going back a bit. Dean Cain
didn't have the curl either, but I never really thought he looked much like Superman anyway. For me, the Christopher Reeve era sets the bar for what Supes should look like. He could have been a little bulkier, but Reeve has definitely been the best Superman to date, aesthetically speaking.
As for "the American way", I'm not sure what point you're trying to make there - I mentioned it in passing as part of the boy scout image that makes Supes who is. Tbh, it's kind of a dated, cornball slogan - probably why Perry White says "truth, Justice, all that stuff"
in Superman Returns.