The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 June 2006

Look! Up in the sky!

Not much argument here:

If somebody gave you $200 million to make a movie that could reach the most people you could — who would it be about? The answer is either going to be Superman or Jesus.

So says James Marsden, who plays Richard White, nephew of Perry, in Superman Returns.

Of course, it's easy to tell the two apart. Details after the jump.

SupermanJesus
Parents Jor-El / Lara God / (none) (but see comments)
First appearance Action Comics #1, 1938 Mark 1:1, c. 60
Created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel (not applicable)
Best-known enemy Lex Luthor Satan
Girlfriend Lois Lane Mary Magdalene (alleged)
Most remarkable feat Reversing earth's orbit (Superman: The Movie) Returning from the dead (Mark 16:6)
Greatest domestic gross (adjusted for inflation, 2006) Superman: The Movie, 1977, $362.6 million The Passion of the Christ, 2004, $382.2 million
Deaths One (1993, Superman #75) One (c. 33, Mark 15:37)
Posted at 7:40 PM to Almost Yogurt


God / (none)

I beg your pardon?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:18 PM on 17 June 2006

I actually agonized over that, and, well, when I was a lad, we went through this business about how all three members of the Trinity always were and always would be, which led me to conclude that for the purposes of this chart, Mary was basically a surrogate. (You'll notice I didn't mention Jonathan and Martha Kent, either.)

Maybe I should move this to "Immaterial Witness" to see if it provokes a theological argument.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:28 PM on 17 June 2006

" Superman -vs- Jesus
Deaths One (1993, Superman #75) One (c. 33, Mark 15:37) "

And resurrections?

Posted by: Bobbert at 7:37 AM on 18 June 2006

Not having read the Death of Superman story arc, I didn't feel comfortable trying to explain How He Got Out Of It.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:30 AM on 18 June 2006