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The Mythos of Superman (Man of Steel Review) - Part 1/2

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This is part one part of my two part video discussing the mythos of Superman as well as an in-depth look at 2013's "Man of Steel". Due to YouTube's incessant automated content ID matches I have posted my review on DailyMotion. However, if you'd like to comment or start a discussion please visit the introductory video on the Discovering Religion channel (link above). Thanks for watching.


Like many kids born in the 1980's, I grew up with Christopher Reeve's Superman and, for me, no one plays the role better. I really wanted to like Christopher Nolan's reboot of the Superman franchise, but as I left the theater I couldn't have been more disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the acting and special effects were good, but everything else about the movie fell short: from the poor character development, to the absurd plot devices, overtly pro-Christian imagery, anti-evolution undertones, and the mind-numbing action sequences took such a toll that the Man of Steel ended up becoming nothing more than action schlock in the same vein as Transformers, with the added bonus of serving as a Christian creationist propaganda mouthpiece.

In this review I will be taking a somewhat detailed look at the humble origins of Superman and the philosophies surrounding this concept, such as those of Fredrick Nietzsche who coined the famous moniker, George Bernard Shaw and his idea of class eugenics, the parallels between Superman and other mythological solar deities, the Jewish religious imagery from the Old Testament that's associated with Superman, as well as Superman's ethic, moral responsibilities, and so on. I will also contrast the "Man of Steel" with the "Smallville" television series, which I feel best represents what Superman's moral character ought to be.

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