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“Jesus wept.” Joh 11:35

Is Superman a Christian or Jewish Messiah?

Superman – Which biblical character do you think he connects with?

digitalorthodoxy blog » When Hollywood Gets it Wrong… has some thoughts on the religious interpretation of Superman in the new movie.


Superman Returns – Discussion Resource

Superman Returns (2006) | Preview

Just When We Need Him (Detweiler)
Much has been written about the Christ imagery soaring through Superman Returns. Director Bryan Singer connects this thrilling update to 1978’s esteemed Superman: The Movie by incorporating footage and voiceover of Marlon Brando as Jor-El. He advises his son, “Even though you’ve been raised as a human being, you’re not one of them. They can be a great people, Kal-El. They wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all—their capacity for good—I have sent them you…my only son.”
The parallels to the Christ story are striking. Singer and his crack screenwriting partners, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, push the analogies even further with Superman’s physical suffering. A slight trace of the song, “He’s got the whole world in his hands,” becomes a lived reality. Superman carries much more than the Daily Planet on his back. As he summons all his strength to save humanity, Superman falls to earth, arms outstretched, a living sacrifice for us all.  
A recent Associated Press article noted the messianic tone of the movie trailer. Yet, several critics have also traced the Superman story to Moses, the ultimate baby in the basket. The Jewish roots of Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, have connected the character’s origins to the legend of Golem, a protector of the Hebrew people. Certainly, as the Superman myth grew before and after World War II, the longing for a Jewish liberator became abundantly clear. The Jewish search for a messiah is still relevant today.
Superman Returns combines the best of American, Judeo-Christian, and Hollywood mythology.
[Source: HollywoodJesus.org].

August 12, 2006 - Posted by | Hollywood, Superman

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