Superman continues history of casting religious shadows

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  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 25, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    Christian allegory? The creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, were both Jewish and had no interest whatsoever in anything Christian when they wrote the stories. Kal-El, his father's name, is Hebrew and means "Voice of God", and Superman's rescue from Krypton parallels the story of Moses, not Jesus.

    "The three legs of the Superman myth – truth, justice, and the American way – are straight out of the Mishnah, the codification of Jewish oral traditions. "The world," it reads, "endures on three things: justice, truth, and peace.""

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 24, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    It was awesome - and appropo.

    1. A Father and Mother, send their only begotten "miracle birth" son to another world.
    2. He has Supernatural gifts.
    3. His earthly adoptive parents teach him correct principles, based on religion.
    4. He first learns to control and master his feelings and emotions, in order to Master and control his powers.
    5. He begins his ministry at age 30.
    6. He wears protective garments.
    7. He surrenders and gives himself up in order to save the mortals.
    8. He is a message of Hope, Righteousness, Goodness, and Mercy.

    As for all the Jewish references of the creators of Superman...
    He was based on MOSES - the woven basket, cape-blanket, adopted Father, supernatural powers, saves his people, etc.

    Moses is in the similitude of the Messiah.

    FYI - The name "EL" for Superman and his Family, as in Jor-El, Kal-El and the House of EL.
    Is the Hebrew word for "God" - as in EL-o-him.

    Sorry you completely missed it -
    Not having eyes to see, nor ears to hear...

    Turtles Run

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    June 22, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    Whether it is intentional or not, the Superman story has a particular resonance with some of us. A loving father sends his only son, endowed with extraordinary power, to a humble earthly home with humble decent parents, and he lives a modest quiet life until he has grown and matured to the point where he embarks on his mission as a defender of truth, justice, etc.

    The use of a Christ figure is common in literature and film.

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    June 21, 2013 10:45 a.m.


    Sorry you didn't enjoy the film (I thought it was incredible), but allow me to fanboy for a moment and explain you a thing:

    Zod's neck was not his "Achilles Heel." He was no weaker there than anywhere else. Superman's intent from the start was never to kill Zod. His intent was merely to stop him. When he realized that Zod would persist in trying to destroy mankind so long as he remained alive, Superman saw that he had no choice but to kill him and thus he snapped his neck. He could have snapped his neck at any time. It was not some secret weakness that he had. Superman is a Kryptonian, and Zod was a Kryptonian. No human could possibly have defeated Zod, no matter where he attacked him. Only Superman was strong enough to do it.

    Honestly that statement makes me wonder if you've ever seen a Superman movie, or any superhero movie, before in your life. Superman is lawful good. He doesn't kill people unless he is forced to. That's why he cried out in agony after he killed Zod. The only Kryptonian left in the universe besides himself.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    June 19, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    The Christ story is meaningful and significant. This new Superman story is ridiculous, stupid, loud, repetitious and is about one invincible fighting other invincibles by throwing them through building, after building, after building. And then we find out the Achilles heel of the bad guy invincible is his neck??? Are you kidding me? Absurd.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    June 19, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    Does it strike anyone else as ironic how many people like overlay Christian themes onto superheroes that use power and strength (violence) to overcome evil when the overall message of Jesus was that evil is overcome through love, meekness and vulnerability?

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 18, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Yes H V H the story of the Christ was given to Prophets thousands of years before the 1st coming.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 18, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    The Christ story was not an original either.
    Please read "The hero with a thousand faces"

    No new tail to tell.

    The names change but the story remains.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 18, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    Turtles Run

    Your assertion about Jewish and Christianity doesn't hold, with Steven Spielberg and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. That was a very pro Christian film.

    The film is already super blockbuster, and I hope that is has a positive Christian influence worldwide. The symbolism is so obvious that only the names have been changed to protect the uninformed.

  • Turtles Run Missouri City, TX
    June 17, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    I never believed in the religious symbolism of Superman. The creators of Superman are Jewish, they do not hold Christian beliefs of Jesus so there would be no reason to claim otherwise. Plus as far as I can tell the creators have never claimed any religious symbolism in Superman.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    June 15, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Should have been warned about the spoiler toward the end of this piece.

    I thought the religious symbolism was striking in the first part of the 1978 movie. Looking forward to this one.