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(CNN)   Warner Bros. is aggressively marketing Superman to Christian groups by providing sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Father's Day. "Jesus: The Original Superhero"   (religion.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 74
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2013-06-16 09:11:10 AM  
wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....
 
2013-06-16 09:19:51 AM  
The film would need to have a plot before there could be talking points.
 
2013-06-16 09:23:20 AM  
i'm starting to get the feeling that christianity is nothing more than a marketing scheme....
 
2013-06-16 09:26:44 AM  
Jesus: The Original Superhero Blatant Power Fantasy Created By Someone Who Got His Ass Kicked A Lot.
 
2013-06-16 09:29:22 AM  

Weaver95: wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....


Done in one!
 
2013-06-16 09:31:03 AM  

Brittabot: Weaver95: wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....

Done in one!


lets just say that there are a lot of copyright violations with Jesus's story.
 
2013-06-16 09:31:53 AM  
 
2013-06-16 09:32:09 AM  
Sorry, but Maui is the original Superman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hszzs8BwqLc
 
2013-06-16 09:32:20 AM  
media.comicvine.com
 
2013-06-16 09:33:46 AM  
FTFA: Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing "Man of Steel" to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father's Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.

Why not bilk these people for more cash?  Most of the rest of us will probably check it out because it looks like an entertaining flick and they can probably round up some nice extra loot by prodding the fundy crowd into believing they're parting with their cash for Jebus.  If I could come up with a way to scam those clowns out of their cash I'd do it in a heartbeat.
 
2013-06-16 09:36:07 AM  
Amusing? I'd say it's actually pretty offensive.
 
2013-06-16 09:43:58 AM  
i1162.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-16 09:48:23 AM  

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing "Man of Steel" to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father's Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.

Why not bilk these people for more cash?  Most of the rest of us will probably check it out because it looks like an entertaining flick and they can probably round up some nice extra loot by prodding the fundy crowd into believing they're parting with their cash for Jebus.  If I could come up with a way to scam those clowns out of their cash I'd do it in a heartbeat.


Exactly. Why should the Joe Farah's of the world be the only ones fleecing the sheep?
 
2013-06-16 09:53:39 AM  
Wait until you see the Mattel commercial where Jesus fights general zod. Ooops, just spoiled the whole movie for everyone, didn't I? fark MATTEL FOR DOING IT FIRST.
 
2013-06-16 09:53:42 AM  

Weaver95: wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....


Are you sure about that? Are you sure you aren't confusing Mithras, the Roman god accused of being a copy of Jesus since the Christianity already had a strong start with Mithra,the Persian god nothing like Jesus?
 
2013-06-16 09:55:00 AM  
It's the same in the duck world...
i1079.photobucket.com   i1079.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-16 10:00:15 AM  
If you like Obsession perfume, you'll love Confess, by Designer Imposters.

Eh, who cares if someone's trying make a dime off one myth with another?
 
2013-06-16 10:08:07 AM  

picturescrazy: Weaver95: wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....

Are you sure about that? Are you sure you aren't confusing Mithras, the Roman god accused of being a copy of Jesus since the Christianity already had a strong start with Mithra,the Persian god nothing like Jesus?


Mithras predates Christianity.
 
2013-06-16 10:08:25 AM  

Weaver95: wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....


There were plenty of older characters who could be called superheroes.  Gilgamesh comes to mind (though he was based on older legends), as do Abraham and Nimrod, who were one of the earliest superhero/supervillain pairs, with Nimrod as the Lex Luthor to Abraham's Superman.  A lot of the stories about these guys are tied in with other ancient hero stories, though.

Oh, yeah, and there were all of those Greek heroes.
 
2013-06-16 10:10:16 AM  

NetOwl: Weaver95: wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....

There were plenty of older characters who could be called superheroes.  Gilgamesh comes to mind (though he was based on older legends), as do Abraham and Nimrod, who were one of the earliest superhero/supervillain pairs, with Nimrod as the Lex Luthor to Abraham's Superman.  A lot of the stories about these guys are tied in with other ancient hero stories, though.

Oh, yeah, and there were all of those Greek heroes.


i've been doing a LOT of reading regarding pagan beliefs, both ancient and modern.  i'm starting to see why some modern pagans have such strong opinions on christanity.
 
2013-06-16 10:11:06 AM  
Superman, Jesus, Attis of Phrygia, Horus, Zoroaster, I'm sensing a pattern here.
 
2013-06-16 10:12:12 AM  

dennysgod: Superman, Jesus, Attis of Phrygia, Horus, Zoroaster, I'm sensing a pattern here.


all of this has happened before, all of this will happen again?
 
2013-06-16 10:21:08 AM  

picturescrazy: Weaver95: wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....

Are you sure about that? Are you sure you aren't confusing Mithras, the Roman god accused of being a copy of Jesus since the Christianity already had a strong start with Mithra,the Persian god nothing like Jesus?


I think you mean Zathras, not Zathras.
 
2013-06-16 10:24:16 AM  
And this is an example of why DC will generally always fail now that Warner Brothers has remembered they exist.
 
2013-06-16 10:26:05 AM  
I think this explains why the movie is putting up monster numbers and has an IMDB rating that is inexplicably high - Christian conservatives are embracing it. In other words, the Tebow effect.

Imagine how much money it would make if it kept the message and was actually good.
 
2013-06-16 10:29:54 AM  

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing "Man of Steel" to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father's Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.

Why not bilk these people for more cash?  Most of the rest of us will probably check it out because it looks like an entertaining flick and they can probably round up some nice extra loot by prodding the fundy crowd into believing they're parting with their cash for Jebus.  If I could come up with a way to scam those clowns out of their cash I'd do it in a heartbeat.


Amen.
 
2013-06-16 10:34:21 AM  
I don't know about the Christian marketing specifically, but the news was saying they brought in 160 million in product tie-ins alone. They said it got 2/3 of it's production cost covered by the tie-ins before they sold a single ticket...
 
2013-06-16 10:34:42 AM  

Saborlas: Jesus: The Original Superhero Blatant Power Fantasy Created By Someone Who Got His Ass Kicked A Lot.


I'd happily assign the title to Superman and every other superhero, but Jesus's story is marked by humility and suffering, not dominance. Perhaps this was your point?
 
2013-06-16 10:35:47 AM  

Pumpernickel bread: I think this explains why the movie is putting up monster numbers and has an IMDB rating that is inexplicably high - Christian conservatives are embracing it. In other words, the Tebow effect.

Imagine how much money it would make if it kept the message and was actually good.


Well, if nice, upstanding Christians will be coming into comic shops, perhaps we should introduce them to a fine book called "Preacher".

/actually, on second thought, I don't think any comic geeks want to live through Wertham 2: Flaming Boogaloo
 
2013-06-16 10:36:07 AM  
I saw Man of Steel last night. I have never in my life left a movie theater feeling so angry. I HATRED that movie. And this coming from a guy who felt ripped off after seeing Transformers 2 in the dollar theater. And I can't exactly pinpoint what it was about the movie that makes me hate it so. But I'd rather have a marathon night and watch The Dark Knight Rises and Superman Returns than watch that abortion of a film again.
 
2013-06-16 10:36:08 AM  

thunderbird8804: Wait till they find out he's Jewish...


Wait till they find out he's Jewish...
 
2013-06-16 10:38:00 AM  
This shiat is getting ridiculous.  Superman isnot Jesus, he's Moses. Jesus ripped a lot of stuff off of Moses, but his superpowers were never on the same level.
 
2013-06-16 10:42:29 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: I saw Man of Steel last night. I have never in my life left a movie theater feeling so angry. I HATRED that movie. And this coming from a guy who felt ripped off after seeing Transformers 2 in the dollar theater. And I can't exactly pinpoint what it was about the movie that makes me hate it so. But I'd rather have a marathon night and watch The Dark Knight Rises and Superman Returns than watch that abortion of a film again.


Yeahhhhhh...I'm having this bad, bad feeling that I'm going to watch "the new 52" version of Superman.
 
2013-06-16 10:43:59 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Pumpernickel bread: I think this explains why the movie is putting up monster numbers and has an IMDB rating that is inexplicably high - Christian conservatives are embracing it. In other words, the Tebow effect.

Imagine how much money it would make if it kept the message and was actually good.

Well, if nice, upstanding Christians will be coming into comic shops, perhaps we should introduce them to a fine book called "Preacher".

/actually, on second thought, I don't think any comic geeks want to live through Wertham 2: Flaming Boogaloo


Oh I would LOVE to see their reactions to "Preacher"; I think I'd die laughing.
 
2013-06-16 10:45:29 AM  
The Christian stuff in the film was handled pretty clumsily. They mentioned "33 years" several times, overlooking Earth while his otherworldly father tells him "you can save them all" right before he falls back to Earth in a crucified position, not to mention that church scene.

I keep reading reviews where people are saying Zack Snyder has "grown up", and I have to wonder if we saw the same film.
 
2013-06-16 10:46:03 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: I saw Man of Steel last night. I have never in my life left a movie theater feeling so angry. I HATRED that movie. And this coming from a guy who felt ripped off after seeing Transformers 2 in the dollar theater. And I can't exactly pinpoint what it was about the movie that makes me hate it so. But I'd rather have a marathon night and watch The Dark Knight Rises and Superman Returns than watch that abortion of a film again.


That's interesting. I had the opposite reaction ( it was better than I expected ). Still, there were a few flawed things that I would have changed about it....

/ it was MUCH better than Superman Returns, IMHO.
 
2013-06-16 10:46:03 AM  

Rwa2play: Richard_The_Clown: I saw Man of Steel last night. I have never in my life left a movie theater feeling so angry. I HATRED that movie. And this coming from a guy who felt ripped off after seeing Transformers 2 in the dollar theater. And I can't exactly pinpoint what it was about the movie that makes me hate it so. But I'd rather have a marathon night and watch The Dark Knight Rises and Superman Returns than watch that abortion of a film again.

Yeahhhhhh...I'm having this bad, bad feeling that I'm going to watch "the new 52" version of Superman.


I would have rather watched that.
 
2013-06-16 10:46:23 AM  
Gilgamesh > Mithras.
 
2013-06-16 10:48:00 AM  

JustMatt: I don't know about the Christian marketing specifically, but the news was saying they brought in 160 million in product tie-ins alone. They said it got 2/3 of it's production cost covered by the tie-ins before they sold a single ticket...


Too bad the production cost doesn't compare to the cost of them advertising the fark out of it so it earns more than Superman Returns. Oddly enough, Man of Steel faring worse in reviews than the previous Superflick.
 
2013-06-16 10:48:23 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: Rwa2play: Richard_The_Clown: I saw Man of Steel last night. I have never in my life left a movie theater feeling so angry. I HATRED that movie. And this coming from a guy who felt ripped off after seeing Transformers 2 in the dollar theater. And I can't exactly pinpoint what it was about the movie that makes me hate it so. But I'd rather have a marathon night and watch The Dark Knight Rises and Superman Returns than watch that abortion of a film again.

Yeahhhhhh...I'm having this bad, bad feeling that I'm going to watch "the new 52" version of Superman.

I would have rather watched that.


The New 52 version of a Superman movie would just be two hours of chimps flinging feces at a movie camera lens.
 
2013-06-16 10:49:22 AM  

Weaver95: wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....


Leave Final Fantasy catgirls out of this.
 
2013-06-16 10:56:31 AM  
So does the awesome score from the '78 franchise make it into Man of Steel or is there a new theme/score? Thinking of taking my daughter to see it this afternoon. Is the film suitable for a 4 year-old girl? She loves the Batman Brave and Bold cartoon as well as Super Hero Squad.
 
2013-06-16 11:02:16 AM  

Montag19: So does the awesome score from the '78 franchise make it into Man of Steel or is there a new theme/score? Thinking of taking my daughter to see it this afternoon. Is the film suitable for a 4 year-old girl? She loves the Batman Brave and Bold cartoon as well as Super Hero Squad.


Might be too intense for a 4 year old at the end.  Nothing in the way of on-screen blood and guts but lots of implied stuff.
 
2013-06-16 11:07:25 AM  

Weaver95: wouldn't Mithras be more appropriate?  I mean he WAS first....


Gilgamesh bro.
 
2013-06-16 11:18:54 AM  
Strange. Superman has far more in common with Moses than Jesus.
 
2013-06-16 11:22:12 AM  
What's the count on how many times Superman has died and come back to life?
 
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2013-06-16 11:27:02 AM  
I think Gilgamesh has that one nailed.
 
2013-06-16 11:30:34 AM  
Saw it, liked it.  The only part that had me frowning was the ending with what he did with Zod.  But his reaction to that ultimate punishment sat well with me.  I could see Zod's ending being the reason, the foundation, for Superman's "I will not kill" mantra.

Also, I really liked the parallels between Zod and Superman.  Both were fighting tooth and nail to save their respective people.  Both were sincere in their beliefs that they were doing the right thing.  Zod did not see himself as evil, only committing necessary evils for the greater good of Krypton.

The overriding theme of the movie, sacrifice and heroism, resonated with me.  It seemed like every time you turned around in this movie, someone was reaching to save someone else.  And it wasn't just Clark/Superman.  The military, average citizens, even Perry White doing his utmost to save his people, even to the point of sacrificing his life rather than let a friend die alone and helpless.

I liked the movie...It wasn't amazing, but I'll buy it when it hits DVD.
 
2013-06-16 11:37:04 AM  

simplicimus: What's the count on how many times Superman has died and come back to life?



One, unlike some Christian myths I could mention.
 
2013-06-16 11:43:14 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: simplicimus: What's the count on how many times Superman has died and come back to life?


One, unlike some Christian myths I could mention.


Thanks.
 
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