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Superman as a Christ figure?

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / July 2, 2006 10:55 PM PDT

Lost in Evie's hype about "all that stuff" is all the Christian imagery in the new "Superman Returns" (we saw it yesterday with two friends; 8 thumbs up...)

Jor-El: "I sent my only son to earth;" "The father becomes the son, and the son the father."
Superman: "the world cries out for a savior"
The image of Superman as Atlas, with the world (well, the Planet Globe) on his shoulders

And then there's the penultimate sequence (SPOLER WARNING!)

After saving the world despite knowing the kryptonite in the new continent he's carrying is likely to kill him, and just before falling back lifeless to earth, the body position is clearly that of crucifixion. And then there's that final resurrection... I wonder how long he was unconscious in that hospital, anyway!

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Since forever....
by EdH / July 2, 2006 11:01 PM PDT

oe the thirties at least.

Actually a Moses/Christ figure.

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That's it, Dave!
by Paul C / July 2, 2006 11:06 PM PDT

Again alluding to Evie's post: We can call the Trinity Jor-El, Superman and (insert your Third Person here).

I'd send that suggestion down to Louisville, but I'm terrified that the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly would seriously consider it...

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(NT) (NT) Lois' lane?
by Evie / July 3, 2006 12:59 AM PDT
In reply to: That's it, Dave!
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(NT) (NT) My hype?
by Evie / July 3, 2006 12:59 AM PDT
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I heard the interview this morning.
by Angeline Booher / July 3, 2006 1:10 AM PDT

What I didn't realize was that the original creators of Superman also were influenced by the Bible.

Just shows the personal impact of our religious teachings.

By the comments I have heard since Wednesday by people I know who have seen it, it's a wonderful movie.

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Not new to Superman, though
by Cindi Haynes / July 3, 2006 6:39 AM PDT

It was very easy to see the religious symbolism and such in the third Matrix movie as well, with Neo needing to save the world, and crucifix-type positioning and iconry (is that a word?) as well.

And I've a feeling that the Matrix probably wasn't the first to do it, either!


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Superman, and other superheroes of that era....
by Josh K / July 3, 2006 9:10 AM PDT

...must also be seen in the context of the times in which they were created. The 1930s, the Depression, the rise of Hitler, there were many things people wanted to be rescued from. Superhero comics were one "deliverer." Busby-Berkeley musicals and farce comedies parodying the rich were another.

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