Strange symbolism in Superman Returns
by A. Stanton
Like many people I'm sure, after having watched Superman Returns, I was left with some perplexing questions. The most foremost had to be, what was the point in making a virtual remake of 1978's Superman the Movie? Why revisit old ground and not just give us a movie about Superman with new villains, a new story and a fresh modern perspective? Why would the Director, Brian Singer, leave the successful X-Men franchise to make this?
The next question would then have to be, what was all of that Christ/Father and Son/ symbolism about? I can't remember this playing a huge part at all in the previous films. In fact the level of symbolism linking Superman to Christ, in Superman Returns was as unsettling as it was obvious.
This was conveyed in quotes such as Marlon Brando's Jor El, saying of humans;
"They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you, my only son." Or Superman talking to his son "as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father. And the father, the son"
There was also Superman's Christ-like open-armed descent to Earth, after he has thrown Lex Luther's island into space, for me a scene very evocative of the 'fallen angel' imagery seen in various myths and religions.
But there are other symbols in Superman Returns, and not necessarily Christian ones. After Superman is stabbed by Lex Luther, he flies out into space, and there is an exaggerated scene of him replenishing his power from the Sun. On seeing this scene, my suspicions were raised, especially after recently reading articles about Sun worship playing such a prominent role in occultism with secret groups such as the Illuminati and the Freemasons. (see the work of Jordan Maxwell and Michael Tsarion)
The Lex Luther character, also says something very interesting near the beginning of the film "Gods... are selfish beings who fly around in little red capes and don't share their power with mankind". On the surface, this quote could liken Lex Luther to the Serpent of Genesis ...But the interesting thing is he says Gods - plural. Which made me think very much of the gnostic version of events, that says that the Archons were "Gods" who kept knowledge from mankind and therefore enslaved them through ignorance. The snake was therefore deemed the hero.
I also remembered the prominent role of serpent symbolism in such groups, and I thought about Superman's insignia, the famous 'S' - which for all intents and purposes could well represent a coiled snake, replete with head. Not just this, the snake sits within a pentagon (a 5 sided shape notorious for its significance in the occult)
From conception, superheroes have always been tools of the propagandists, most visibly so in the 1980 Superman 2 movie and its distinctly anti-Soviet Union themes. With its pantomime villains having Russian sounding names such as General Zod, and Ursa and donning monochromatic costumes in contrast with Superman's patriotic red and blue. These villains were hellbent on subjecting the White House (world) to their rule.
But at least Superman 2 was an enjoyable movie - with a clearly defined and highly entertaining story arc. Which meant that the action distracted all but the keen viewer from any subliminal indoctrination. In strictly film-making terms, Superman Returns' unimaginative plot and crudely devised ending, does indeed seem merely a vehicle to convey its rather peculiar symbolism. And it is symbolism which is extremely hard to ignore. The symbolism of the father, the son and the Sun - and possibly even the snake.
What on Earth or Krypton, is going on?