Civil War: How “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” Predicted Our Current Era

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“Ah. ‘Cause that’s what God is. Horus. Apollo. Jehovah. Kal-El. Clark Joseph Kent. See, what we call God depends upon our tribe, Clark Jo, because God is tribal. God takes sides. No man in the sky intervened when I was a boy to deliver me from Daddy’s fist and abominations. Mm-mm. I’ve figured it out way back, if God is all powerful, He cannot be all good. And if He’s all good then He cannot be all powerful. And neither can you be. They need to see the fraud you are. With their eyes. The blood on your hands.”
–Lex Luthor, “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice”

There are some movies that try to hide their metatheories deep within a standard sci-fi/superhero plot to the point where most people would never pick up on them.

And then there is the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

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The Holy Trinity: Osiris, Isis, And Horus In Popular-Culture

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Do you ever notice how you see the same basic tropes over and over again in TV programs, movies, video games, comic books, and whatnot?

Do you ever notice that you see the same basic tropes over and over again in mythology, folktales, religion, and whatnot?

Now, why is that? Are these writers and mythmakers and so on just really lazy? Is this some sort of conspiracy to promulgate one type of view through the bowels of our pop-culture?

I would suggest that many of these most basic tropes are passed down through the centuries and millennia because they are deeply primal and embedded in the collective human psyche.

And to explore this concept, I’ve decided to take a spotlight that most ubiquitous of comic book tropes, the Man/Woman/Boy Superhero Triad.

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The 3 Great Spiritual Archetypes: Cuckoos, Masters, and Wanderers

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Dr. Stephen Strange: I’m not ready.
The Ancient One: No one ever is. We don’t get to choose our time.
–“Doctor Strange”

On your journey of spiritual development, you might find it helpful to have role-models—archetypes—to pattern yourself after. While the annals of “real-life” esotericism are filled with possible heroes & heroines to emulate, you could just as well take the pop-cultural route.

There are three distinct hero/heroine archetypes which seem to recur in mythology, pop-culture, and “real-life.” They all seem to push the boundaries of human evolution—but each in their own unique way.

They are: Cuckoos, Masters, and Wanderers.

Simply put:

  • Cuckoos are “born that way”
  • Masters are more or less “self-made”
  • Wanderers “go with the Flow”

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The Curse Of DC Comics

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“I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you, except pain and tragedy. And I wanted something more for you than that. I still do.”
–Alfred Pennyworth, “The Dark Knight Rises”

I once researched the urban legend as to whether there is a “Superman Curse.” There’s the circumstantial evidence—the centerpiece of which was the similar-sounding George Reeves and Christopher Reeve, famous for playing the character, both dying relatively young. (Between the revelations concerning Kevin Spacey, who played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, and the apparent “Smallville Girls Sex Slave Cult,” I may have to revise that particular post in the near future.)

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