Man of Steel (2013) another modern-day Jesus story? Or are these 26 Man of Steel Jesus similarities just another coincidence?
Again like I did in the first superman article I will be posting all the Man of Steel Jesus similarities no matter how obscure or bizarre they may seem. This article is continued from Superman Jesus Similarities: 24 You Didn’t See.
The Man of Steel (2013) PLOT:
A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.
Source: Man of Steel (2013)
To be fair, we will only be looking at the new 2013 Superman movie for Man of Steel Jesus Similarities for this write up. When necessary the approximate movie time will be indicated beside each point for easy reference. Some of these points will be the same as the Christopher Reeve Superman Jesus similarities as they are essentially the same character.
Also note they only call Kal-El Superman 3 times and never the “Man of Steel” in this movie, so I will be using Kal-El for ease of reading, as to call him the “Man of Steel” would be odd in my opinion.
The Man of Steel Jesus Similarities:
- The Jesus story begins with the birth of Jesus and the turmoil around the his birth.
The “Man of Steel” movie begins with Kal-El’s birth and the turmoil around the his birth. (Planet blowing up, political issues)
- Christians believe Jesus was sent by his Father to save man.
Kal-El was sent by his Father to save and guide earth’s people.
- Jesus was raised by a surrogate (foster) family Joseph and Mary.
Kal-El was raised by a surrogate (foster) family Jonathan and Martha Kent.
- Jesus’ surrogate parents lived a simple life, his Father was a Carpenter.
Kal-El’s surrogate parents lived a simple life as Farmers.
- Jesus was 33 when he realized his potential and is believed to be crucified at the age 33.
Kal-El was 33 when he realized his potential. Clark said “I been here for 33 years…” (at 1:12:03)
- Christians believe Jesus cannot die and therefore is immortal.
Kal-El’s superpowers include longevity, and regeneration, basically making him immortal.
- Good vs Evil throughout Jesus’ life.
Kal-El’s life is a classic good vs evil story.
- Jesus’ earth parents believed he was special and had a purpose.
Kal-El’s earth parents believed he was special and had a purpose. Jonathan Kent says to boy Clark “But somewhere out there, you have another father too. Who gave you another name. And he sent you here for a reason, Clark.” (31:23) and Jonathan Kent said to Clark “You just have to decide what kind of man you want grow up to be Clark, because whoever that man is, good character or bad, he’s…he’s gonna to change the world.” Just another line to get you to get a Jesus feel from Clark. (1:08:36)
- Jesus was (believed to be) never married.
Kal-El was never married at least not in the “Man of Steel“(2013) movie.
- The government/authorities were afraid of Jesus and wanted him stopped because they could not control him.
Kal-El was feared by the government/authorities only at first, until they realized he was much too powerful and highly moral. Kal-El said “You’re scared of me because you can’t control me.” (at 1:12:20)
- Jesus was sent by his Father to live and experience life as a human.
Kal-El was sent by his Father to live and experience life as a human. Jor-El said “We wanted you to learn what it meant to be a human first so one day, when the time was right, you could be the bridge between 2 peoples.” (1:26:08)
- Jesus had access to hidden advanced knowledge while on earth.
Kal-El also had access to hidden advanced knowledge in an ancient alien scout ship with a command key.
- Jesus could speak to his Father even though he is not currently on earth.
Kal-El could speak to his Father even though he is not currently on earth. (as seen in Man of Steel 2013 at 44:36)
- Jesus had a strong relationship with his Mother Mary.
Kal-El had a strong relationship with his earth mother Martha
- Jesus performed many miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, etc.
Kal-El Performed many superhuman miracles, such as flying, running super fast and laser and x-ray vision, etc. Kal-El even performs a healing on Lois Lane with his laser vision. Clark said “I can do things other people can’t.” Like heal the sick like Jesus did? (41:17)
- The 3 wise man followed a star they saw in the east to find Jesus
Baby Kal-El’s starship earth looks a lot like a sun or a star. (as seen at 46:50)
- Jesus was rejected by earth’s people and crucified.
Kal-El’s earth Father and his Kyrpton Mother and Perry White believed earth’s people would reject him. Lara says “He will be an outcast, a freak. They’ll kill him.” Jor-El replies “No…He will be a god to them.” (8:37) and Clark said “My father believed that if the world found out who I really was…they would reject me out of fear.” This is precisely what happened to Jesus.(54:16) Clark said “…the world is not ready.” (57:30) Perry White said “Can you imagine how people on this planet would react, if… they knew there was someone like this out there.” (58:50)
- The 3 wise men follow a star to locate Jesus.
General Zod followed Kal-El’s starship distress beacon to locate Kal-El. General Zod said “For 33 years we prepared, until finally we detected a distress beacon which you triggered when you accessed ancient scout ship. You lead us here, Kal.” (1:19:29) Maybe the 3 wise men followed distress beacon?
- Jesus prays and talks to his Father who is commonly referred to as God.
One of Kal-El’s main enemies in the “Man of Steel” is General Zod. His name sounds an awful lot like God.
- Jesus changed peoples’ beliefs and our thoughts on humanity.
Kal-El’s earth father predicted the same of Kal-El. Jonathan Kent said to boy Clark “When the world finds out what you can do its going to change everything. Our beliefs, our notions of what it means to be human, everything.” Like the way Jesus changed everything? (29:36)
- Jesus was sent by his Father to earth where he lived like a human but still had god-like powers.
Kal-El was also sent by his Father to earth where he lived like a human but still had god-like powers. Jor-El said “You are as much as a child of earth now as you are of krypton. You can embody the best of both worlds.” (48:05)
- Faith is a commonly used word when referring to Jesus.
Kal-El’s Father told him that the “S” symbol means hope, faith and hope are not that different in meaning. Hope is a Synonym of faith. Jor-El said to Kal-El “The symbol of house of EL means hope.” (48:38)
- At (1:09:02 to 1:09:26) Kal-El/Clark is depicted in front of a stained glass window of Jesus. They seem to be reinforcing what type of character they want you to think Kal-El/Clark is, A savior. How much more obvious do they need to be?
- Jesus surrendered to mankind and was crucified by the Romans.
Kal-El also surrendered to mankind. Kal-El said “I’m surrendering to mankind…Would not be much of a surrender if I resisted.” (1:10:53)
- Jesus carried his cross on his shoulders and it is believed the weight of all of mankind’s sins.
Martha Kent said to Kal-El “He always believed you were meant for greater things, and that when the day came, your shoulders will be able to bare the weight.” Kinda how Jesus handled the cross? (2:10:14)
- Jesus is believed to have saved the world and is even called a savior.
Kal-El saves the world as an everyday job. Martha Kent said “What are you going to do when you are not saving the world.” (2:11:16)
Man of Steel Jesus Similarities Summary:
Kal-El (also called Superman or the “Man of Steel“) was born on the planet krypton, an advanced civilization on the brink of disaster. Because of this, his father Jor-El sent his only son to earth where he could live and experience life as a human with god-like super-powers. As a child of earth and of krypton Jor-El believed he would embody the best of both worlds.
For the first part of his life, Kal-El (now known as Clark) lived a traditional American life in Kansas, raised on earth by a Mother and Father who were not his own. These new parents were simple farmers.
His earth parents believed he was special and had a special purpose for earth and was sent here for a reason and “gonna change the world“. Government/authorities and even the media were afraid of the potential effects he would have on humanity. On earth he had access to hidden advanced knowledge the earth’s people did not have, and could even talk to his father though he was not on earth.
At the age of 33 Kal-El began a public display of miracles, “things other people can’t do” such as healing the sick, flying, laser vision and saving people from disasters no human would dare attempt. At this point his enemy Zod followed a starship distress beacon to locate Kal-El. He then surrendered to the government/authorities submitting to their will, but only to defeat Zod and save the people of earth.
The result of this was, Kal-El changed earth peoples’ beliefs and gave humanity hope or maybe faith?
Now let’s look at Jesus’ life.
A brief Summary of Jesus’ life:
Jesus (also called Christ or the “The Savior“) was born in Israel in a modern civilization under Roman rule over 2000 years ago. His Father (God) sent his only son to earth where he could live and experience life as a human with god-like super-powers. As a child of heaven and of earth, god believed he would embody the best of both worlds.
For the first part of his life Jesus lived a traditional Jewish life in Nazareth, raised on earth by a Mother and Father who were not his own. His new Father was a simple carpenter, who taught this skill to his son.
His earth parents believed he was special and had a special purpose for earth and was sent here for a reason. The Roman Government/authorities were afraid of the potential effects he would have on humanity. On earth he had access to hidden advanced knowledge the earth’s people did not have, and could even talk to his father though he was not on earth.
From the age of 30 Jesus began a public display of miracles, “things other people can’t do” such as healing the sick, walking on water and turning water to wine. At the age of 33 he was accused by the Jewish religious leaders of claiming to be the son of a god. He then surrendered to the Roman government/authorities submitting to their will, he was executed by crucifixion by Pontius Pilate. He then rose from the dead and ascended in to heaven as an immortal god.
The result of this was, Jesus changed peoples’ beliefs and gave renewed faith in humanity or maybe hope?
Man of Steel Jesus Similarities Conclusion:
With 26 Man of Steel Jesus similarities it seems it is again undeniable, the creators of the 2013 Man of Steel movie purposely modeled the movie after the story of Jesus again, therefore it is yet another a modern-day Jesus story.
I do not consider this a full and complete list of Man of Steel Jesus similarities, but this is enough to establish the fact that the creators are following a “life of Jesus template“, as most hero movies do.
The greatest story ever told in a slightly different way, over and over, movie to movie.
Did I miss any Man of Steel Jesus similarities? Post them in the comment section and if significant enough I will add them.
If you haven’t read the first Man of Steel Jesus similarities article you can do so here: Superman Jesus Similarities: 24 You Didn’t See.