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Superman Returns (2006)
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
for some intense action violence
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Eva Marie Saint, Parker Posey, Sam Huntington, Kal Penn, Kevin Spacey
Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris
Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
Superman Returns (2006) | Spiritual Article
The Incredible Biblical Connections of the 1978 Superman
David Bruce, Webmaster
The Jerusalem Post quotes Daniel Schifrin of the US National Federation for Jewish Culture as saying, "The older I got the more I saw there was something profoundly Jewish about Superman, that he was one of us." He further states, "Like Clark Kent we've been Diaspora Jews for so long, being viewed as timid and bookish when underneath there are fierce Hebrew warriors doing God's work."
The 1978 movie was an 80 million dollar blockbuster - a phenomenon in its day. It was written by Mario Puzo (The God Father) and David Newman (Shena) and, of course, based on the comic book series by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
The movie Superman essentially retells the life of Jesus Christ -the ultimate Super Jew. Richard Donner, the director of Superman, had just completed filming The Omen (1976) which was a film about the Antichrist.
When Superman was released in Communist China in 1985 the Worker's Daily called Superman "a brave hero of incomparable strength who clearly distinguishes what to love and hate and culls strength from weakness." Sounds very Christ-like to me.
The story begins on the planet Krypton, which is now destined for destruction. There are also three criminals who are tried and found guilty by the ruling elders and are cast out from the planet.
There is similarity here with the unholy trinity of Revelation: the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet (Rev. 16:13). Also note the similarity in "the casting out of Satan from heaven" (Luke 10:18).
Before the tragic end of the planet, baby Kal-El, is sent to earth to escape the approaching doom. Kal-El is part of a family of three (trinity): Jor-El (played by Marlon Brando, the God Father himself), the mother (Virgin Mary/Holy Spirit), and baby Kal-El (Jesus). It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word for God is EL and both Superman and his father have EL in their names. In the comic books "Kal-El" is Kryptonian for "Star Child" -which ties into the Child of the Christmas Star.
In the above scene Jor-El blesses his son with words that sound very Biblical: "We will never leave you...All that I have, I bequeath you, my son...You'll carry me inside you all the days of your life...the son becomes the father, and the father the...the son."
The birth of Christ was announced by a special star (Matthew 2:2) and so it was with Superman. Christ was Virgin born (Matthew 1:23). Superman has no earthly father. Superman is "virgin-born" out of a womb-like cave (stable) created by the "birth-star" space ship. (The womb-cave is a concept of writer David Newman. He used this image in Shena when she emerged as the savior of Africa from a womb-like cave.)
Superman, like Christ, is both human and divine. He is "God with us" (Matthew 1:23). He has both a human family and a heavenly origin. He is Clark Kent/Superman.
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