Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Universal appeal: The Philippine Daily Inquirer uses Kingdom Come as an opportunity to look at the significance and allure of superheroes:

"Superman's appeal eventually became universal because of its religious undertones, with Superman standing in for Moses, Christ, or other deliverers. As Moses was sent down the river on a basket, so too was Superman sent hurtling on a basket-like spaceship to Earth.

"As Christ was raised by Mary and Joseph, two simple folks, so too was Superman discovered by humble farming parents and raised as their own. Sacrifice, selflessness, strength and rebirth are key themes of hero mythologies, but in Superman they find specificity as this superhero 'fights for truth, justice and the American way.'"