Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Superman Returns: Science vs. Faith? No such luck.

There's been a ton of articles on "Superman as Jesus." The Wired News review of the new flick Superman Returns offers a tantalizing view of what might have been.

Superman Doesn't Soar


Lex Luther's a geek. He quotes Arthur C. Clarke ("Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," he tells his girlfriend) and gives one of his thugs a digital video camera to document his crimes. And Lex admires Prometheus, the god who gave fire -- the first killer app -- to humans.

Superman, on the other hand, is a faith-based guy. He serves a higher power. Voices in his head dictate his every move.

So, does Superman Returns give us a juicy faith-versus-science battle? No such luck.

How fantastic that would have been. The man of faith vs. the man of science. Too bad the film didn't explore this paradigm.