Just in case you ever suspect it silly for Biblical Christians to tag a “secular” pop-culture thing …
About which Christians may say things like …
Deep down, this is a story with Christian roots. If it weren’t for the real Christ, this story wouldn’t exist.
… If you think this is silly, or gauche, or at least unnecessary — you might think, It’s not like the writers are intentionally honoring Jesus, these things just happen, and this might be true — well, then consider this from Man of Steel scriptwriter David Goyer. (If you enjoyed The Dark Knight trilogy, you already know his work.)
Q: What outside influences are there outside of the comic book world?
Goyer: On this [film]?
Goyer: The biggest ones were the Old Testament and the New Testament. I mean, serious. It’s an Old Testament and New Testament story. I mean, there’s obviously echoes of the Moses myth and there’s echoes of Christ’s story. I mean, I would say those are the biggest ones.1
One who enjoys Superman: The Movie or Superman II with Christopher Reeve, or the attempted 2006 tribute/reboot Superman Returns, can’t help but notice the overt Christ-symbolism in them also.
What do you think? Too much symbolism? Too trite? Just about right?
My final thought: when non-Christians constantly and clearly insert such Savior-symbolism in stories, Christians would be fools to think their stories need to be too cool for overt references to Christ. Either this is exactly what people want anyway, or else our stories should point to the Light whose reflections people keep seeing in pop culture.
- From the Set of Man of Steel – David Goyer Interview, SuperheroHype, May 30. ↩