Holy subtexts abound within the popular cinema. Superman: The Movie (1978) and Superman II (1981) were examined as a protracted secular analogue of the Jesus story. The literature was reviewed and twenty Superman-Jesus parallels plus eight Christic personalistic traits were explicated. It was concluded that Superman is not only a legitimate Christ-figure, but the American pop culture movie Messiah.
Kozlovic, Anton K.
"Superman as Christ-Figure: The American Pop Culture Movie Messiah,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 6
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol6/iss1/5