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Forget Zod. Kneel before Superman II on its 30th birthday



Superman IIIn the '80s, great things came in sequels. Star Trek: The Motion Picture? Stunk. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? Brilliant. Superman I? Eh. Superman II? All hail Gen. Zod! And Police Academy I? Mindless but funny! Police Academy II? Okay, just mindless.

The point is that it's time to light the candles again because Kal-El, Zod and Louis Lane are celebrating 30 big ones this week. Superman II was released June 21, 1981. (Ah, to be 14 years old again.)

It's been called "the last Man of Steel film that pleased both fans and critics, and the last that treated the iconic character with the storytelling verve and dignity he deserves," by, and rightfully so.

If the first two Superman movies seem heavenly in comparison to what has followed over the years, maybe that's no coincidence. It's been pointed out by a variety of sources that Superman and the Second Coming have many parallels. Here are a few mentioned by

GOD CASTS OUT SATAN: What a minute, just like Jor-El casts out Zod from Krypton? Whoa.

THE FATHER AND SON: It happens in the first movie. Jor-El and his wife Lara bid farewell to Kal-El/Superman with the words: ""...The son becomes the father and the father the son...." (Maybe I should have paid more attention in Sunday School. Nah.)

THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: The ship that Jor-El builds to transport his son is in the form of a star. (Come to think of it, that wasn't the most practical design, was it?). "Clark Kent" arrives to a couple who were unable to have a child. (Okay, freaking out now.)

WHAT WOULD KAL-EL DO?: Think of the last advice Jor-El gives to his son. "...You must live as one of them but always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people Kal-El, they wish to be, they only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you, my only son."

So if that's the case, and things run parallel, can we soon expect the plot points of Superman II to show up in real life? I hope so, because it'd be nice to see the Man of Steel come back and rescue the newspaper industry. Oh, and the rest of the world too.

[Last modified: Friday, June 24, 2011 9:00am]


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