Batman vs Superman
I thought I hated it because it was too dark and because it didn’t portray the “good guys” as being really “good guys”.
Both the heroes were portrayed as being more complex than that, men of mixed motives with all too human vices and virtues.
In other words, they were just like us, except with super powers and gadgets.
That’s not what I wanted to see… I wanted to suspend disbelief and believe in something better for a couple of hours.
We want to believe that there are those who are always pure and virtuous, that there is always a clear delineation between good and evil, and that good either triumphs or dies trying.
We want to believe that there are actually people who always do the right thing.
That’s why they call it “fantasy”…
In the church we call it “over realized eschatology”.
We set expectations for each other and our leaders that will almost always fail as badly as this movie.
To make matter worse, we often fancy ourselves as being carriers of those virtuous ideals and actions and able to carry them out without fault or failure.
That only happens in the movies…
You and I, regardless of our place in the church or society, are simultaneously saint and sinner and will be until our resurrections.
I’m not good, I’m forgiven.
I haven’t transformed much, but I’ve been completely redeemed.
The only supernatural power I have (and the only reasonable expectation for me), is the ability to repent.
We will fail…but our repentance should be faster than a speeding bullet.
My job isn’t to show you how good you can be, but how you can repent as well as I can.
We will fail at that too…
The real reason I hated that movie was because while it was “realistic” about the nature of people, it was also graceless.
Grace is the power that gives life, gracelessness is Kryptonite for the soul.
In this movie, both heroes are left fallen…but, our Hero lifts the fallen by the power of grace.
It’s all about what He’s done, not what we can do.
Someday we’ll be like Him…and we won’t need these movies anymore.
I still can’t wait for Captain America though…