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June 14th, 2013
04:05 PM ET

Superman: Flying to a church near you

By Eric Marrapodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog

Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) - As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.

Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing "Man of Steel" to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.

The movie studio even asked a theologian to provide sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Sunday. Titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero,” the notes run nine pages.

“How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the greatest hero who ever lived and died and rose again?” the sermon notes ask.

(Disclaimer: CNN, like Warner Bros., is owned by Time Warner.)

Similar campaigns to corral the country's large number of Christians into the movie theater have been used for "Les Miserables," "Soul Surfer" and "The Blind Side," all of which had at least some faith angle.

Baltimore pastor Quentin Scott is among dozens of ministers who received an e-mail invitation from Grace Hill Media, a Hollywood-based Christian marketing firm, to an early screening of “Man of Steel.”

“There was an actual push to say `We’re putting out something that speaks to your group,' ” said Scott, one of the pastors of Shiloh Christian Community Church in Baltimore.

At first, Scott said, he didn’t buy the religious pitch. Then he decided to attend a free midweek screening in Baltimore.

“When I sat and listened to the movie I actually saw it was the story of Christ, and the love of God was weaved into the story," said the pastor.

"It was something I was very excited about that with the consultation of our senior pastor, we could use in our congregation.”

CNN Entertainment: 'Man of Steel' director Zack Snyder on Superman's Christ-like parallels

Grace Hill’s sermon notes are specially designed for churches like Shiloh that integrate multimedia into their services.

“Let’s take a look at the trailer for `Man of Steel,’” the notes suggest after briefly introducing the movie’s history and themes.

The man behind the notes, Pepperdine University professor Craig Detweiler, has prepared similar material for films like 2009’s "The Blind Side" and "The Book of Eli" from 2010.

The spiritual themes in “Man of Steel” are abundant, Detweiler said, and his notes enable Christians to thoughtfully engage with pop culture instead of shunning it.

“All too often, religious communities have been defined by what they're against. With a movie like `Man of Steel,’ this is a chance to celebrate a movie that affirms faith, sacrifice and service,” Detweiler said.

It will be hard for even casual Christians to miss the messianic metaphors in "Man of Steel.”

The movie focuses on the origins of Superman, who was sent from the planet Krypton as an infant to save his species.

He is raised by surrogate parents who help him grapple with his special powers, even though they don’t fully understand the source of his extraordinary abilities.

When he turns 33, Superman must willingly sacrifice himself to save the human race.

Sound familiar?

If that’s not enough, as a boy Clark Kent is shown wrestling with his superpowers, and asks his earthly dad, Jonathan Kent, “Did God do this to me?”

“Somewhere out there you have another father and he sent you here for a reason,” says Jonathan Kent.

Even the visuals hammer home the messianic motifs.

During a fight with his archenemy, General Zod, Superman plunges down to Earth, his arms outstretched as if he were being crucified. Of course, he rises again.

Detweiler writes in the sermon notes, “What Jesus and Superman both give us, through their `hero’ actions but also their `human’ actions – is hope.”

“I think it’s a very good thing that Hollywood is paying attention to the Christian marketplace,” said Ted Baehr, who runs Movieguide, a website that reviews family friendly films from a Christian perspective.

“Where it gets sticky is when they try to manipulate the market and when Christians try to manipulate Hollywood. But here I think we have the right balance.”

But other Christians are heaving a supersized sigh at the movie marketing.

"Any pastor who thinks using `Man of Steel Ministry Resources' is a good Sunday morning strategy must have no concept of how high the stakes are, or very little confidence in the power of God’s word and God’s spirit," writes P.J. Wenzel, a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Dublin Baptist Church in Ohio.

"As they entertain their congregants with material pumped out from Hollywood’s sewers, lives are kept in bondage, and people’s souls are neglected," according to Wenzel, who said he was e-mailed information about the movie.

Scott, the Baltimore pastor, said he knows that Warner Bros. Studios has a financial incentive in pushing the film to pastors.

But he said that’s fine with him. “They’re using us but in fact we’re using them,” he said.

His church won't show clips from the movie this weekend because it had already planned out its service. But he plans to use them later, during meetings with the church’s men’s group.

“If you give me another opportunity to talk to someone about Jesus Christ, and I can do that because of your movie, that’s a win for me, because it is about spreading the Gospel.”

CNN's Erin McPike contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Celebrity • Christianity • Church • Entertainment • Media • Movies

soundoff (6,545 Responses)
  1. Lynn

    Saw the movie... only question I have is why are all the leaders in the movie African American, and the bad guys, except for Superman, white? it seems to express some cultural bias in my book... Just my initial take on the movie.. The general and Perry White the editor are African American... Seemed odd to me... The African American culture is just small part of our society... don't you think? Why not a Chinese person in it? or Hispanic?

    June 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • Michael

      Why do you care? I'm so glad that I'm not like you... if I spent all my time taking note of the ethnicity of each of the actors and making conspiracy theories to explain them, I'd never be able to enjoy the movie.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
  2. Missileman

    I haven't seen the movie, but I keep seeing these comparisons between Superman and Jesus. Can someone tell me: does Superman ever walk on water in the movie? Raise anyone from the dead? Did Jesus ever fly at supersonic speeds to get where he was going? Or, for that matter, leap a tall building in a single bound? Just wonderin' if I should pay good money to see a fairy tale.

    June 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
  3. kmfdm99

    I guess that means liberals will boycott the movie.

    June 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Adam

      Good....they rarely shower so the theatre should smell a little better

      June 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
    • Lynn

      Liberals will love it!

      June 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
  4. The real Methaphor

    Christian are jumping high thinking Super Man is a good Christian metaphor. most are missing the point of its true metaphorical value, that is not as positive as many believe. The original writer of superman (and other super heroes writers) wasn't Christian. With the arrival of Super Man also comes a lot of destruction, no destruction would've come into the world is super man didn't come first. the super hero represents salvation against destruction brought by himself, just like Thor, spider man, The hulk etc. But it is a good movie.

    June 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
  5. Ron

    As excited I was to see this film regardless of the critics but I will absolutely boycott it with its religious theme. Let the Christians go, I will stay away and do something more positive than sit was a bunch of hate mongering zealots that believe in imaginary gods.

    June 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
    • jscarano

      Agreed

      June 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
    • Steve

      The comparison between the Christ Mythos and the Superman Mythos have been going on looooong before this movie. It has been debated in literature many times.

      Don't let news trying to get a click or a producer trying to make another dollar on an old story stop you from seeing the greatest Superman movie made.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • Ron

      Steve – thanks for the reminder that the comparison has been going on long before this film's release. If the Christians will buy into this greed then it's less money going against some other cause that isolates people and evangelizes their beliefs. I will consider it.

      June 16, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  6. Sdgman

    Harry Potter had similar themes...didnt some churches criticize it for proting black magic? What a bunch of noobs!

    June 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  7. .

    the main point here is that since you know that judgement awaits and has been evidenced in the past you are without excuse

    June 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  8. darknesscrown

    Christianity. It's a hell of a lucrative business. In fact, it's the most lucrative business on Earth...and they pay none of their revenues to to the government. We all should be so lucky.

    June 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Robert

      Christians pay taxes. Churches are non-profit and so don't pay taxes. I hope I'm not going too fast for you.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  9. floridamom1

    While there are many parallels in the Superman story to the life of Jesus. He is not Jesus. And, most fiction has a Jesus figure in it anyway. The story was great. I loved it. It was the first movie I've been to in a long time that actually had the audience cheering for the hero. Job well done.

    June 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
  10. When you compare jesus to a comic book super hero

    It becomes obvious that jesus is just as much an imaginary caricature as superman

    June 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
    • JJ

      I know..really pathetic. Hollywood is laughing at all the delusional imbeciles as they cash in. Very smart of them really.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • jscarano

      For real lolz

      June 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • V

      JJ – We all choose to praise what we hold dearly...according to this post you choose to praise Hollywood, money, and deceit.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
  11. Adam

    Man I love the hate mongering on here. Gotta love little internet toughs bashing Christianity. Highly entertaining.

    I'll take my Jesus. Ya'll can have your Stalin, Pol Pot, and Hitler. No wonder you guys are so angry!

    June 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
    • Robert

      Yeah, they just can't get enough of Mao, but let somebody say, "Jesus," or "God" and they go off.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
    • Em

      “As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.” -Adolph Hitler. thats alright, you guys can keep hitler

      June 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • JJ

      Sorry, but Hitler is one of yours you fucktard.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • fsmgroupie

      your god is the angry one - love me and worship me or i'll burn your flesh in a lake of fire for billions and trillions and godzillions of years.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • darknesscrown

      "Ya'll can have your Stalin, Pol Pot, and Hitler. No wonder you guys are so angry!"
      "Yeah, they just can't get enough of Mao, but let somebody say, "Jesus," or "God" and they go off."

      History lesson for you, Robert and Adam...since I know you're taking a swipe at atheists for some reason. Stalin was raised Catholic, in fact, he was in training to be clergy. Pol Pot was a Theravada Buddhist. Hitler was also raised Catholic. None of these men were atheists at all. You apparently WANT them to be so you can say "see what atheists have done to the world" but alas, you can't because it is a fantasy.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • Robert

      What Hitler proclaimed publicly and what he privately said are two different things. He called Christianity a disease in private.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • .

      hitler lived and died as an atheist as were most national socialists

      June 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • peking duck

      Hitler was a catholic, and his foots soldiers were mostly Jews hating Christians; PPot was an evil man and though he may not have been a religious person but he definitely did not do his deed in the name of Atheism. Only Religious people would do evil in the name of their God for example: the inquisition. Stalin carried an ideology to fulfil his evil deed again not in the name of atheism. I repeat...Atheism has never killed, but religion is dangerous, poisonous to a weak minded individual such as yourself. Yes, I am an Atheist and I have more morality in my ballz than your delusional god.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • darknesscrown

      "What Hitler proclaimed publicly and what he privately said are two different things. He called Christianity a disease in private." -- Does that offend you, Robert. First of all, I doubt it...unless he was talking about the turn the other cheek garbage. No person would do that, so if he was rejecting the masochistic qualities of Christianity then it's hard to disagree with THAT. Never have the meek conquered the world. Ever. The world's civilizations from the beginning of time have never been ruled by the poor and the weak. It's usually the poor and the meek who FOLLOW guys like Hitler.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Robert

      @darknesscrown

      Oh please. Every historian says Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, and Mao were atheists and they established atheist states and killed people simply for believing in God. They burned churches and Bibles and confiscated church lands. And in the USSR the League of Militant Atheists helped Stalin and Lenin. They had the goal of eliminating religion from the USSR within 5 years but failed to accomplish that despite all the murders. Later the USSR changed tactics and put puppets into pastoral rolls to peach what the state wanted them to preach and believers were forced to meet underground to hear the Word.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Adam

      Love how JJ just goes and proves my point...like a little puppet!

      June 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • darknesscrown

      "Oh please. Every historian says Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, and Mao were atheists and they established atheist states and killed people simply for believing in God." -– Tsk tsk, Robert. That is patently false. No historians say that those men were atheists, because they weren't. The ONLY people who I have ever heard calling those men "atheists" are people who don't like that fact that there is a growing number of people in this country who don't buy into the delusion of a supernatural God presiding over the world. You guys really have no right getting offended by that. None. I'm not going to debate with you a well established fact. I can open any biographical book about any of those men and never once see the assertion that they were atheists. YOU GUYS are the ones saying they were. I'd argue that they behaved more Godly than you care to admit. You know why? Because they killed insane amounts of people. God did the same thing in the Old Testament, remember? But only God can do that, right? LOL

      June 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
    • logan5

      Hahha, poor Robert! The argument ascribing the atrocities committed by the despots of the 20th century (Pot, Stalin etc) is so desperate and weak it's laughable. You angry defensive Christians need another argument, that one is old and tired and embarrassingly flawed.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  12. fsmgroupie

    palin/Bachmann 2016

    June 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • JJ

      Lol....that's very frightening. Perhaps Santorum can be part of the cabinet. We would be a Christian theocracy in no time and be burning witches again. Glory!

      June 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • fsmgroupie

      lmfao

      June 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  13. GoldenMoral

    This is disgusting

    June 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • james

      finally, someone got it right.

      June 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • Robert

      Sadly, it seems many atheists go ballistic whenever a movie exploring man's spirituality is presented.

      June 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • .

      Yeah, because nothing is more spiritual than a guy wearing latex.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • jscarano

      The superman story has always been the same . Now all of sudden its got some stupid relgious story behind. whatever

      June 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  14. Em

    it's a perfect pairing. Jesus, like Superman are both works of fiction. I see the parallels. Outstanding!

    June 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • .

      when the blind lead the blind they both fall into a ditch we won't need to be following you

      June 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • jscarano

      hahaha so true

      June 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    June 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • Observer

      Atheism,

      Here's how God treats children and other living things:

      Genesis 7:21 “And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all human beings”

      June 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • .

      there is no mention of children in the biblical account of the flood but as to the event so what you apparently know God has passed judgement on mankind you should also be aware God's judgement is a righteous judgement that leaves you who know about it without excuse

      June 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
    • devin

      Observer. You left out the little part about the "peoples hearts were continually evil always". But of course that was intentional.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
    • Observer

      dot,

      You have ZERO proof that mankind ever stopped having s-x and babies.

      Pathetic. You are just embarrassing yourself.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
    • Observer

      devin,

      You left out the part that EVERY pregnant woman, child, baby and fetus on the face of the earth were TORTUROUSLY killed.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
    • Scott

      @Observer: that is one of the dumbest things that I have ever read. Now try reading the New Testament which we are living under right now, not the Old Testament. The New Testament began the moment Jesus died on the cross. You gotta know where your going if you want to get there.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Why? Did god drown everyone but 8 people or not? I don't care whether you cite the NT or not, it doesn't wipe out that crime, dear.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • .

      actually the Bible provides credible testimony for the possibility that no children were being born prior to the flood

      June 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • devin

      Scott. You can't dismiss God's dealings with humanity in the Old Testament by claiming we are living in the New Testament era. He was and is the same God, and His ways and judgements are always just.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
    • devin

      Observer. You're right, it was across the board brutal judgement. The consequences of sin are not palatable.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
    • Observer

      Scott

      "@Observer: that is one of the dumbest things that I have ever read."

      Speaking of the dumbest things ever, why are you trying to pretend that the mass killing of people and animals wasn't done by the SAME GOD?

      Ooops!

      June 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • .

      God's judgement is not a crime it is a warning and you who cite it are without excuse

      June 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • Observer

      dot,

      What sin did almost every animal on the planet commit to justify God killing nearly all of them?

      Ooops, again.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Observer,

      Genesis 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

      Genesis 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

      End of days man is more evil and corrupt then in Noah's time

      June 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • .

      what sin is new all the sins of today all your own sins the wages of sin is death the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus it is said all their thoughts were always evil there was no good except Noah

      June 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • devin

      Obs. It's called collateral damage and happens in most all good and evil struggles. Don't be so naive.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • Observer

      devin,

      You're a riot. God couldn't figure out how to kill everyone without killing nearly every animal and plant on the face of the earth.

      Keep the jokes coming.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • .

      devin there was no collateral damage all were responsible for their own perpetual sin all creation was tried and found wanting this was a long process and took hundreds of years before the final sentence was handed down all perished for their own individual sins except for those protected through the redemption of Noah's faith

      June 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
    • Observer

      dot,

      What did all the little kittens and puppies and bunnies do to justify God killing them all?

      You are getting more and more irrational.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • devin

      Has nothing to do with God not being able to "figure out" and everything to do with the severity of sin and it's consequences.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • Observer

      devin

      "Has nothing to do with God not being able to "figure out" and everything to do with the severity of sin and it's consequences." So much for "collateral damage".

      So why did God KILL all the little kittens and puppies and bunnies? What was the "severity" of their sins? lol.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • devin

      no name. Actually, it was collateral damage, not in the sense that it was unplanned, but in that animals did not sin against God.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • .

      which part of all were judged evil are you having trouble with and again there is no record of any innocent anything on earth at that time except Noah

      June 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • .

      devin when God says all were evil animals plants people God meant all there were no normal thoughts or processes within creation all was tainted and corrupted by sin all was abused abusing and being abused except Noah who found grace in Gods sight

      June 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • devin

      Obs. This was no different than the hundreds of thousands of animals killed under the Old Testament sacrificial system. Those animals were "innocent" but God used them as a means of displaying the reality of sin and it's consequences. The only real issue here is that you just don't approve of God's methods of dealing with sin, or I would more likely assume, just don't believe any of it. If the latter is true, well, that's your business.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • devin

      no name I would encourage you to read the text.. God was displeased with the wickedness of the "human race".

      June 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • Observer

      devin,

      You keep proving that God is not healthy for other living things.

      That's what the Bible shows.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Dot, if your god wanted to rid the planet of evil, why are you and HS still here?

      June 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • Ave atque Vale

      HeavenSent,
      "End of days man is more evil and corrupt then in Noah's time"

      What a stupid, ineffective dolt this "God" character of yours is.

      June 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
  16. Terry

    I can't believe the article didn't mention the scene with Clark Kent(Superman) talking to a minister alone with a large stain glass painting of Jesus directly behind him. That was easy to see as to the point they were making.
    On a side note...Hollywood still does a bad job when trying to depict tornados. Living in the "tornado alley" part of America I can telll you that no one I know will take shelter under an underpass and why is there no debris flying on the people only a few yards away...c'mon you can do better

    June 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
  17. wow

    still gets me everytime; atheist finding and being drawn to articles like this. Its like a moth to a flame...they come they express there anger over something they dont believe in, then they move on. Odd group.

    June 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • JJ

      It's like a car wreck, you can't look away. If a large portion of the population believed in fairies it would be the same.

      June 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
    • lol??

      once had a bug zapper hanging from a tree and found out that bats like to even eat roasted insects. this bat would hang on the side of it thinking he had found paradise. problem was the bat didn't believe in trees. gud movie plot.

      June 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • lol??

      beasties sure believe in fairies.

      June 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • Cognizant1

      still gets me everytime; religious zealots finding and being drawn to articles like this. Its like a moth to a flame...they come they express there anger over something they dont believe in, then they move on. Odd group.

      June 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • sybaris

      Didn't the colonists express their anger in something they didn't believe in around the 1770's/80's?

      June 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • .

      fairies are the in thing right now what with the qu eer marriage thing oozing all over this country like the overflowing sewage it is

      June 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • .

      But then I haven't got a leg to stand on since I'm a proud gay man myself.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Observer

      dot,

      You don't believe in nor support everything that God said about marriage, so skip the HYPOCRISY.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
    • I'm not angry at your god.

      He doesn't exist and and does no damage. Christians, on the other hand, do a lot of damage (E.G. denying equal rights to gays or blocking stem cell research). I come here to provide a reasonable alternative to the hogwash they spew here

      June 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
    • .

      God said it that settles it

      June 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • Observer

      dot,

      God said that marriage should be FORCED on some people. Do you agree?

      Read a Bible rather than just fantasize what it says.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Observer, you posted "dot, You don't believe in nor support everything that God said about marriage, so skip the HYPOCRISY."

      Answer: Observer. whining and complaining about others does you no good. Just humble yourself, ask Jesus for forgiveness of all your sins, that you know of and had no clue was a sin, then sin no more. You will now have a clean slate.

      June 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
  18. mustardseedhead

    Scenario: Someone decides on atheism today. What next tomorrow? Who do they contact for guidance or instruction, help? Is their a membership packet? Supreme booklet of instruction. Does this book give them their individual role or purpose? Is the book in the color they want, with their name on it – If not, there could be a problem. Also, if this book has their name on it in the color they want, who decides the purpose of this newcomer atheist? And is there a question and answer section in this booklet, with the answers as to who do they think they are to get to decide someones role and how did they get in the position, what are their credentials?
    It could get really ugly.

    June 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • sybaris

      If you need a book and instruction to provide you with purpose and direction then you might have some issues with personal accountability and morality.

      June 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • It's so simple that even a christian should be able to understand

      You no more need a book to instruct you on how not to believe in god than you need a book to instruct you on how not to believe in UFOs

      June 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
  19. concernedcitizen

    I totally see the parallels between Superman and Jesus. Both are fictional adolescent fantasies.

    June 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Cognizant1

      Yes, but more importantly when will Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan team-up to do a dark themed movie about the down trodden origins of Santa Clause?

      June 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • Santa

      * Claus

      (dang that Tim Allen!)

      June 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
  20. Rob McCall

    What's that taste ... oh, yeah, just the vomit coming up in the back of my throat. The only difference between Jesus and Superman is, we can kill Jesus and apart from his duped followers, he has remained wonderfully, quietly dead. Every so often in America though, someone tries to torture us with another bad Superman. Thanks Zach. I can only hope the braindead Jesus freaks will be the only one's wasting any more time watching your flop of a movie.

    June 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
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