Originally posted at The Blacksphere Hollywood loves to demean Jesus.Â Now that Superman: Man of Steel is about to burst onto the big screen, movie maven Ross McD of Movie Battleground is attempting to unravel the supernatural symbolism associated with Superman.
Ross engaged Zack Snyder, the director of Superman: Man of Steel, to quiz him about what Ross McD calls â€œKal-Elâ€™s â€¦religious baggage.â€
According to a smarmy Ross, Superman is Jesus because Superman and his father Jor-El have a beard.Â Superman and his dad have superpowers.Â Supermanâ€™s dad sent him to Earth to save humanity from itself and to â€œbe a god to them.â€Â Superman was born in a stable, his earthly father was a tradesman, and Supermanâ€™s earthly mother obviously wasnâ€™t seen around the neighborhood in maternity clothes.
When earthly people were cruel to Superman he remained kind.Â Not to mention walking on water, the betrayal for money, the unselfish sacrifice of his life at 33-years-old for the good of mankind, and all the religious inferences and symbols, like Superman striking the crucifix pose.
Interviewing Snyder at Warner Bros. studios in Los Angeles, Ross McD, insulting Jesus and all, probably didnâ€™t expect the serious answers Snyder provided him with. After all, Ross writing that one of the reasons Superman is like Jesus is â€œHeâ€™s friends with Batman,â€ and because Superman â€œPunches Darwinites who believe â€˜evolution always wins,â€™â€ clearly shows that Ross McD wasnâ€™t making a serious connection.
Snyder was a little more thoughtful and acknowledged the Biblical comparisons, then said, â€œI think the relationship between Jesus and Superman is not a thing we invented in this film, it is a thing that has been talked about since the creation of Superman.â€
According to Snyder, â€œin a weird way,â€ Supermanâ€™s resemblance to Jesus was probably â€œtalked about more when Superman was created than it is now.â€
Maybe thatâ€™s because societyÂ has seen to it that Jesus is majorly uncool â€“ just ask Ross McD.Â Zack Snyder said that Supermanâ€™s resemblance to Jesus is â€œone of those things mythologically you take for granted, a little bit.â€Â You mean like Ross McD associating Jesus with Superman because the Man of Steel is â€œMortal enemies with an evil dude with a goatee?â€ That kind of taking-for-granted?
Waxing mythological, Snyder said that personally he tends toward the fairy-tale nature of the Man of Steel story but said â€œI think itâ€™s drawing on all mythology: comic book, religion, ancient, philosophical.â€
Clearly, the Movie Battleground snarkster wasnâ€™t interviewing Zack Snyder to engage him in thoughtful conversation about the Biblical Jesus, but instead was using sarcasm as a vehicle to dÃ©modÃ© Jesus Christ to a cartoon character who, as Ross put it, â€œ[d]idnâ€™t use his superpowers to kick [his enemyâ€™s] asses.â€