I pray all is well. Before I begin, I want to be clear. I am in no way arguing that Superman is like Jesus Christ. Instead, what I’ll be discussing is a scene in Man of Steel that I think parallels what we as Christ-followers know about Jesus, and how a genuine belief in his resurrection spread so rapidly after his crucifixion…despite many attempts to destroy the movement through intimidation, persecution, and sometimes, execution.
My opinion is based on the well-established fact that the character and mythos of Superman has his origins in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and that there are parallels between Superman and what he represents, and Jesus Christ and what he represents (and again, I’m not saying that one is like the other). Some of these parallels are explicit, and were likely recognized easily by those familiar with both Superman and the Judeo-Christian tradition (e.g., a father sends his only son to earth to save humanity). There were a couple more in the movie that I picked up on, like when he was talking to the reverend/priest in church with a “picture” of Jesus Christ in the background (I use quotation marks because that pic isn’t consistent with scholarly estimates of what he would’ve actually looked like), and when he said he had been on the earth for 33 years (it is widely accepted that Jesus was 33 when he was crucified).
But the parallel I found the most interesting was one that I could see easily being looked over. One reason may be because Superman didn’t even appear in the scene…at least not physically. It was after Lois Lane had first encountered Superman, and wanted to learn more about who he was. As an investigative reporter, she started interviewing different people who had also encountered him, and listened to their stories. During one part in the scene, she says that after a while, these different stories began to form a pattern, and she viewed the consistency across the stories as evidence that the people were telling the truth.
The gospel of Luke is believed to have been written by Luke, a physician (Colossians 4:14). He relied on this same method to investigate who Jesus was, and whether the claims people were making about him (e.g., miracles, message, resurrection, etc.) were true. As a physician and scientist who was not one of Jesus’ disciples, it’s easy to see why things like corroborating testimonies and details about Jesus were crucial: it was the most reliable evidence he had since he didn’t encounter Jesus personally. Like Lois, Luke interviewed various people, and noticed clear patterns in people’s testimonies that converged on one theme. For him, that theme was that Jesus was the messiah…the Son of God.
That’s the parallel that stood out the most to me. Any other parallels you noticed in the movie?