Secret Identities—Necessary but Wicked?Art & Literature, Culture, Film, Picturing the Word — By Picturing the Word on April 7, 2010 at 1:00 am
Welcome to Podcast 7—“The Superman”
Appropriately, this week we were to view Passion movies and think about the ultimate Superman we find in the character of Christ.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (William Wyler, 1959)
Jesus (John Krish & Peter Sykes, 1979)
The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson, 2004)
The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988) (Please note that this film is rated “R” for good reason. It takes several artistic (and sacrilegious) liberties).
In this podcast, John and I start by picking up the thread of conversation from last week concerning Batman pretending to be a villain at the end of Dark Knight in order to allow Gotham to continue to have hope for themselves—to hide for the greater good. We contrast the hidden identities of most heroes with Christ’s relative openness about his identity, and wonder if and how much Heroes should hide their identity. Having a secret identity seems to be the only safe and efficient way for a hero to live. If this seems utilitarian to you, well, it seems utilitarian to us too. Finally we look at the utilitarian nature of Pilate’s impossible choice and wonder if he is wicked or simply unlucky.
As always, we would love your comments and questions. Comment below or email John and I at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Happy Easter and happy listening! ‘