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Old September 22 2012, 01:51 AM   #408
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Re: They are going ahead with a Justice League movie

CorporalCaptain wrote: View Post
Here's what the wiki has to say on the subject []:

Because Siegel and Shuster were both Jewish, some religious commentators and pop-culture scholars such as Rabbi Simcha Weinstein and British novelist Howard Jacobson suggest that Superman's creation was partly influenced by Moses,[48][49] and other Jewish elements. More recently, this interpretation has been endorsed by biographer Larry Tye.[50] For example, Superman's Kryptonian name, "Kal-El", resembles the Hebrew words קל-אל, which can be taken to mean "voice of God".[51] The suffix "el", meaning "(of) God," is also found in the name of angels (e.g. Gabriel, Ariel), who are flying humanoid agents of good with superhuman powers. Tye suggests that this "Voice of God" is an allusion to Moses' role as a prophet.[50] Moreover, Kal-El's parents send him away in a vessel, delivering him to new adoptive parents in an alien culture in order to save him from impending doom, just as Moses' parents do.[50] "The narratives of Krypton's birth and death borrowed the language of Genesis."[50]

On the other hand, Superman has been seen by others as being an analogy for Jesus, being a savior of humanity.[41][49][50][52][53] Furthermore, the surname Kent, in early 20th century real life, was a common Americanization of "Cohen," and Clark Kent's wimpy, bumbling persona strongly resembled the classic Yiddish schlemiel.
Never heard of the Kent/Cohen connection before. Interesting.
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