Originally Posted by IAM4UK
...having chosen to portray Superman as a messiah figure*, their "controversial" decision that generated all the buzz was a mistake. That is, it completely destroyed the way they had spent the entire movie portraying him.
What you thought was a mistake, I thought was consistent:
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After seeing Clark steal (clothes) and lose his temper (though take it out on a tractor trailer), guess it didn't shock me to see him kill Zod.
As for the Christ-like poses, we'd already seen that in 'Superman Returns'
when he's falling back to earth. And it's not just Christian imagery; keep in mind that Superman's creators were both Jewish, so no surprise his story starts with his biological parents putting him into a basket to float off to be raised by adopted parents in order to avoid certain death. In the original Superman story, Martha Kent makes makes his costume using the Kryptonian cloth he was wrapped in as a baby, just as baby Moses was wrapped in traditional cloth as well.
I could be wrong, but I get the impression that Siegel & Shuster were writing from what was familiar to them rather than trying to make some grand statement on religion. Likewise, the Superman movies have been peppered with religious imagery here and there, but I don't see it as significant to their stories. They would be just as enjoyable (or not) had that imagery been left out.