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02 July 2006

Superman is Catholic

First of all, we recommend going to see Superman Returns, if only for hearing John Williams' tremendous score on the big screen again. Seriously, though, it is a very good movie - directed by Bryan Singer, who also directed X-Men I & II. We are sure that many of you have read about the Christian and God-man overtones to the movie. It is quite true, and you perceptive Catholics should pick up on some cool stuff.



But we thought we should also call your attention to the fact that the Man of Steel is also a Catholic. For instance, the arch-villain of the franchise is a guy name Lex Luthor. Obviously, "Luthor" is a play on "Luther." Moreover, Superman's big "S" stands for "Sacraments." He channels the power of God through his physical self. Plus, he believes lying is never justified, so he must be a Thomist.


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 you to them...my only son.
- Jor-El (incidentally, "El" means "God" in Hebrew)

7 comments:

Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

Tremendous...absolutely...tremendous...

mary catherine said...

hmmm, I never would have guessed that.....although I haven't seen or followed any superman related things.

Ulm said...

Don't forget that Jesus is super man.

Bridget said...

I think the original Superman movie did have allegorical elements; the only thing that bothers me with the Christ allegory in the sequels is the fact that Superman fell...having a relationship (and son?) with Lois. It almost smacks of a DaVinci Code allegory.

Anonymous said...

WHO is Lois' boy in "Superman Returns?" Is he God the Father? Would you (can you) repeat here some of the marvelous phrases in "Superman Returns?" Care-full

Anonymous said...

Dear anonymous,

Just about every major grocery store sells artificial contraception. Do you (could you?) go to those stores?

It is quite obvious that there is not a direct correlation between Superman and Christ - and nobody here is condoning illegitimate relations. And yes, one cannot condone all the trash in Hollywood and the media today - it's hard to escape it. But I think there was little enough of it in this movie (seeing as how I can't recall any memorably profane moments) to justify seeing it.

Strictly speaking, in answer to Bridget, there's nothing wrong per se with Superman having a (chaste) relationship with a woman. But if we want to get technical, it's a difficult and good question to ask how we should view Superman's lowering himself to love a mere human - is it a forsaking of his transcendent power, a raising of the woman's stature, or something in between? It seems to me (and what sets Superman apart from Christ) that Superman longs for the joys of the human life in many ways, and part of his ultimate mission might be to fulfill that longing.

- Fellow Anonymity

Anonymous said...

I asked "who" Lois' boy was because he was instrumental in saving Superman--I wondered if he was really Lois' son--even though she said he was. Perhaps one should not look to make or understand too much in the movie in reference to Christ. But just take the very obvious. Also, I am not familar with the previous sequels.