Superman is the story of a young child send by his father
Jor-el, the leader of the planet Krypton, to earth. The child is
raised in the Midwest by loving parents who accept his amazing powers and
try to make him feel normal. He leaves home for New York City and
there lives two different lives. One as a quiet reporter, but he
also feels the need to become Superman and save people from danger and
catch criminals. His test comes when millionaire Lex Luther, who
lives underground, tries to destroy California in order to up property
value. Superman ends up breaking a promise to his father in order
to save Lois Lane, the woman he loves.
This movie was made in 1978 as the eighties, a decade
of greed and moral decay, were drawing near. Superman acts as an
opposing force, by offering a role model who is morally sound. The
movie tries to demonstrate that humans can act good and evil, but that
goodness is the correct way to succeed. He fights for Truth, Justice,
and the American Way. Lex Luther embodies the typical business man
who would sacrifice millions of people to make billions of dollars out
of property sales. It also shows a rich man who only wants to become
richer and greedier.
The Man of Steel
Superman was also made while to Cold War was in full
swing. Although only small mentions of Communists are made, the nuclear
fear is very visible in the film. Lex Luther launches missiles to
destroy the state of California. At the time this was a very real
threat to Americans and something they could identify with.
Krypton apocalypse, Superman launch + Superman
grows up and leaves home
4:1-9:21 Opening the Sealed Scroll: Ex. Plagues
Lex Luther introduced, Superman's first rescue.
10:1-15:4 The Bitter-Sweet Scroll: "Wear" against
Father's visionary words
15:5-19:10 Exodus from the Oppression of Babylon/Rome
Nuclear destruction and death of Lois Lane
19:11-22:9 Liberation from Evil and God's World
Lois Lane saved and Lex Luther in jail
22:10-21 Epilogue and Epistolary Frame
"Justice has been served"
The story of Superman is very much like the messiah mentioned
in Revelation. He is the son of a god who is sent to earth as a teacher.
Although in the end he disobeys his father and ends up interfering with
human matters, his presence is what is important. He is the virtuous
man who leads humanity towards the good and punishes the bad. His
father says the people "lack the light" and that his son must lead them.
Another theme in this movie that relates to Revelation
is that of judgment. The movie starts off with Superman's father
(a god) placing a sentence on three criminals. He traps them eternally
in a cell that drifts through space. The idea that once you are judged
you can never go back is very visible in the Bible. That is why Superman
must convince people to be good in life because by the time you are judged
it is too late to turn yourself around.